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OPEN’s Exhibition design for the Shanghai Project @ Himalaya Museum


This project is an experiment to break down the spatial barriers from conventional museum structure between the artwork and artwork, and between the art and the public, thus establishing a new kind of relationship between arts, in this case, the Projects, and between the Projects and the Public.

OPEN“上海种子展览设计 @ 喜马拉雅美术馆



Pudong’s Lujiazui, an iconic postcard perfect city center of glittering objects, the triumph of Chinese urban development. It no longer needs more objects to be exciting. Instead, it urgently calls for attention to people’s real need, and the return of nature in the concrete jungle.

Imagine a park that shelters natural inhabitants, including ourselves-for we also need art, to enlighten our wondering souls.




To envision a future where people all live along the coast and leave the mainland free for nature, which will become a publically accessible international vacation resort.


HEX-SYS is a reconfigurable and reusable building system designed by OPEN. It is our reaction to the unique Chinese phenomenon in the building frenzy of the recent decades: the production of a vast amount of flamboyant but short-lived buildings. This modular building system can easily adapt to many different functions, and can be disassembled and reused, thus extending a building’s life cycle and saving a significant amount of resources. Because it is modular and prefabricated, it can be built much faster than traditional buildings.

In May 2015, Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library organized an international design competition for their new homes in Longhua District. 134 firms submitted concept proposals for the first stage, 8 firms were selected to enter the second phase competition in July, among them OMA, Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OPEN, KSP, and others. Below is OPEN’s competition entry for the 2nd phase.

Design Concept


2015年5月,深圳美术馆和深圳图书馆组织“龙华两馆”建筑设计国际竞赛。7月,评委从134家设计单位的概念方案及其它资格预审材料中选出了OMA、Steven Holl、Mecanoo、KSP、OPEN等8家单位,参加第二轮的正式竞赛。以下是OPEN在第二轮的参赛方案。





As the most important and successful private university in China, Beijing City University is on the brink of reinventing itself. This new central building will fulfill a dual role toward this end, acting as both a social condenser and an energizer for the university’s expanded campus north of Beijing.

This project is the staff dormitory for NetDragon Websoft’s new campus. Not far from the ocean, the open site is virtually a tabula rasa, with neither much context nor fixed physical boundaries. The idea is to create a collective living space with inward-facing and semi- autonomous forms that foster a strong sense of community. Three square-shaped buildings with large central courtyards are arranged on the site at different angles.



To relocate Songzhuang, the artists’ village facing urgent threat of demolition, into the dormant old core of the coastal city Shanhaiguan, and reactivate a forgotten history. To protect those marginal art and artists; and to effectively stimulate the potential of this under developed town -- one stone two birds.






Situated in the center of a new town just outside Beijing’s southwest fifth ring road, this new public school on 4.5 hectares of land is designed as the branch campus for the renowned Beijing No.4 High School. As an important piece in a grand scheme to build a healthier and self-sustainable new town, avoiding problems of the earlier mono-functional suburban developments, the school is vital to the newly urbanized surrounding area.

The 14th Venice Biennale, Outdoor Installation of the Chinese Pavilion 


创造更多充满自然的开放空间的设计出发点——这是今天中国城市学生所迫切需要的东西,加上场地的空间限制,激发了我们在垂直方向上创建多层地面的设计策略。学校的功能空间被组织成上下两部分,并在其间插入了花园。 垂直并置的上部建筑和下部空间,及它们在 “中间地带”(架空的夹层)以不同方式相互接触、支撑或连接,这既是营造空间的策略,也象征了这个新学校中正式与非正式教学空间的关系。




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