atelier FCJZ studio visit
 
atelier FCJZ studio visit
jan 10, 2012

atelier FCJZ studio visit

yung ho chang of atelier FCJZ, beijing, china portrait © designboom

 

 

 

on a recent trip to beijing, china, designboom visited the studio of the chinese practice atelier FCJZ, led by architect yung ho chang. regularly traveling between the united states, where he teaches full time at the massachussets institute of technology, and the office which is positioned within the park of the yuan ming yuan summer palace, outside of the city’s urban center. housed within a  traditional chinese building and immediately encompassed with their own private grounds which includes a vegetable garden and open area used to store materials and build full scale mockups of structures featuring experimental construction methods. the firm produces residences, housing, cultural facilities and public venues as well as urban planning and landscape design projects. their work also spans into the smaller scales of product, fashion and exhibition design.

atelier FCJZ studio visit garden adjacent to the studio images © designboom

 

 

 

their design approach desires to integrate technology into their architecture by incorporating readily available and mass-produced materials  which are assembled in methods which push the boundaries of accepted practice. to receive approval to use the previously unexploited techniques,  the architects build a 1:1 scale segment of the proposed structure within their yard or in off-site facilities including research laboratories at university civil engineering departments to test the load capabilities or strength of connections. once it has been determined a success, they then teach the process individuals that will be constructing the project.

atelier FCJZ studio visit material storage adjacent to studio building image © designboom

 

 

 

facade textures may be created by shifting conventional masonry units to produce a pattern of shadows along the exterior surface. the ‘glass chapel’ in nanjing, china substitutes glass blocks in the place of concrete blocks, forming the project’s main structural components of vaulted ribs. a section expected to  experience the most stress was extracted and built to test the effect of the forces upon the mortar joints. hollow tube comprised of fiber reinforced plastic  were chosen as the vertical support elements for the two-storey ‘FRP house’, also in nanjing, china due to the translucency created by the integrated  fiberglass strands which bind the composition.

atelier FCJZ studio visit full scale mock-up of experimental brick wall application image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit materials and facade studies images © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

test materials image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

test materials image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit traditional roof shingles image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

full scale mock-up of the ‘glass chapel’ in nanjing, china image © designboom see designboom’s original coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit full scale mock-up of the ‘glass chapel’ in nanjing, china image courtesy of atelier FCJZ see designboom’s original coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit rendering of the ‘glass chapel’ in nanjing, china image courtesy of atelier FCJZ see designboom’s original coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit initial test for the glass block arch image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

workstations image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit foam cutter station image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit collection of study models image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit model storage image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit conference room image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

design process image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

site model image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit model image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

full scale mock-up of sun shades on display inside the studio image © designboom

atelier FCJZ studio visit

model of the ‘FRP house’ in nanjing, china image © designboom see designboom’s coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit

model detail of the ‘FRP house’ in nanjing, china

image © designboom

see designboom’s coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit rendering of the ‘FRP house’ in nanjing, china image courtesy of atelier FCJZ

see designboom’s coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit off-site construction and testing of full scale mock-up image courtesy of atelier FCJZ

see designboom’s coverage of this project here.

atelier FCJZ studio visit model image © designboom

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