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Atelier Li Xinggang, China Architecture Design & Research Group
For Building Asia Brick by Brick Photo by Atelier Li Xinggang
Shou, Lou, Tou, Zhou are the critical concepts for evaluating Tai Hu Shi, the distinct limestone that is important for composing Chinese classical gardens. However, these criteria could also apply to modern architecture: Shou, which means thin, can describe a building's exterior shape or volume; Lou, roughly, "exquisitely carved," describes the rich interior spaces; Tou, penetration, describes the sight lines; and Zhou - wrinkle or crease - relates to material and texture. Thus our LEGO model embodies the intersections between manpower and Nature's engineering, architecture and non-architecture, giving expression to a unique Chinese philosophy of humans' innate integration and relationship with nature.
ABOUT ATELIER LI XINGGANG
Li Xinggang is director of Atelier Li Xinggang and vice chief architect, China Architecture Design & Research Group. Born in 1969, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Architecture at Tianjin University (1991). In 1998, Li studied in France through the "50 Chinese Architects in France" program. Honors include the Architectural Society of China's Young Architect Prize, and design awards: Nominee, 2002 World Architecture Awards; China Architecture Art Awards; and Silver Medal, 9th China National Outstanding Projects. Exhibitions include the 1st Art Exhibition of Beijing Left & Right Art Zone (2006) and the 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture (2005).