pei zhu founder image © designboom

last month designboom visited the offices of chinese firm studio pei zhu based in beijing, china.

the firm was founded in 2005 by architects pei zhu and tong wu. studio pei zhu projects primarily explore and experiment with nature in the context of urban china. they aim to contribute to a regional variance of contemporary architecture appropriate to its local context.

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum pei zhu shows birgit lohmann (designboom’s editor -in-chief) around their new studio, which they moved into  a week prior to our visit image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of the oct design museum, shenzen, china image © designboom

the oct design museum, shenzen, china is a recent project of the firm. the concept is that of a captured water droplet. during the daytime the triangular windows and skylights perforate the naturally inspired surface in a seemingly random pattern that evokes the scattered reflections of light from a surface of water. the building is currently under construction.

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of the oct design museum, shenzen, china image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of the oct design museum, shenzen, china image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum the oct design museum, shenzen, china image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum the oct design museum image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum the oct design museum image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum the oct design museum – interior image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum different materials are used to construct architectural models image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of uf software building, beijing, china image © designboom

the building consists of four branches, each is 22 meters or 24 meters wide, able to absorb sufficient natural light and ventilation. the clearance between branches becomes semi enclosed courtyards.

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of uf software building, beijing, china image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum uf software building, beijing, china image courtesy studio pei zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum model of guggenheim art pavillion, abu dhabi image © designboom

the firm has won international competitions to design the guggenheim museum, beijing and guggenheim art pavillion, abu dhabi.

for the guggenheim art pavillion, abu dhabi studio pei-zhu created a floating building that is a bridge from the city. the floating mass creates continuous public space at building base providing clear view angles from the city to the park.

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum image © designboom

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum image courtesy studio pei-zhu

studio pei zhu visit: OCT design museum image courtesy studio pei-zhu