The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London has revealed the 10 selected chartered practices for its 2015 Shanghai Windows exhibition.
Now in its third year, RIBA’s Shanghai Windows pairs RIBA Chartered Architects with local and international retailers to create original and thought provoking temporary architectural installations around the prosperous Xintiandi shopping and entertainment district in central Shanghai.
The lifestyle and entertainment businesses twinned this year are:
1. Draisci Studio with Barcodes have designed faceted blocks that smile and seem to come alive with eyewear on.
2. CTHM and Atelier I-N-D-J, with the support of BuroHappold Engineering and the lighting department at WSP, will create Fountain, an ethereal river of light that seemingly floats, flows and falls from the upper windows of a restaurant.
3. Mobile Studio with Giftique – this design draws upon the meteorological qualities of the season and will coincide with the launch of a new green tea.
4. Squire and Partners with Maria Luisa – distorted handcrafted marble sculptures have been inspired by the artistic process of creation and decay.
5. Edwards Moore with Matchbox will create an aluminium chamber that will lead visitors to the interior of the store via a fluid-like reflective floor.
6. Opensystems with NN have designed DICE, a sculptural installation that resembles primitive crystalline formations and marks the entrance of the store.
7. Urban Systems with PH7 – their installation references material systems in nature and is fabricated using low-cost and 3D printing technologies using a bio-degradable plastic made from renewable resources.
8. Arup Associates with Pizza Express will create an outdoor installation that celebrates the art of pizza making – the motion of stretching the pizza dough for Pizza Express's 50th anniversary.
9. Amin Taha with Rubis Spa will flood the spa podium lobby to chest height, capturing the blue mountain lakes of Switzerland where Rubis SPA was born.
10. RCKa with Tayohoa will create a cathedral like entrance to the busy homewear store, redesigning the space with an optical illusion using the brand's own knitted vinyl products.
RIBA London interim director, Owen Wainhouse, says: 'We're delighted to be going back to Shanghai to exhibit the work of some of our best and emerging architecture practices. This year, many of our architects have taken their inspiration from the rich natural history and geography of China and are collaborating with local artisans and artists to create stunning installations for the city.
'This is a great opportunity for our participating members to showcase their skills and ideas in one of the most desirable retail and entertainment locations in China. During the exhibition run, our architects' work will be seen by more than one million people. RIBA London is working hard to support our members; this project will help them gain experience of working in China and help fuel the strong international demand for British architecture and design.'
RIBA Shanghai Windows will open on the 2nd April 2015 in Xintiandi, a premier fashion, art and shopping destination in Shanghai, China.