people's architecture office proposes tubular living inside ventilation shafts people's architecture office proposes tubular living inside ventilation shafts
mar 28, 2016

people's architecture office proposes tubular living inside ventilation shafts

people’s architecture office proposes tubular living inside ventilation shafts
all images courtesy of people’s architecture office




inside three lane crawford retail locations — beijing, shanghai, and hong kong — people’s architecture office (PAO) have realized a series of installations that propose and demonstrate how ‘tubular living’ can be adapted for the future. in this imagined architectural scheme, people can occupy large metal ducts, typically found in buildings’ structural core. informed by hidden ventilation shafts and mechanical systems that support the comforts of modern life, PAO turns architecture inside out by exposing these devices to public view, and offering them as a place of habitation. 

inside the shanghai store, the installation demonstrates how vertical habitation can be adapted for the future




in the system of ‘tubular living’, horizontal spaces are suspended in the air, branching off from vertical towers. metallic cylinders house staircases that lead to upper levels, become occupiable rooms, and turn into tunnels that offer views from above. additionally, internal spaces can be used as oversized speakers, while tubular knots serve as seating and furniture. inside, areas are populated by lighting pieces, tables and chairs designed by people’s industrial design office, a branch of PAO. in its making, the installation used factory-made standardized parts, assembled on site, whose raw industrial surfaces contrast the pristine interior of the upscale retail store.

spiral staircases lead to the upper levels of the tubular ‘dwelling’ 

the architectural material is turned into a system for future living 

openings in the tubes become occupiable rooms

tables and chairs have been designed by people’s industrial design office

horizontal spaces are suspended in the air, branching off from vertical towers

in this imagined scheme of ‘tubular living’, people can occupy large metal ducts

tubular knots serve as seating and informal furniture

the installation in hong kong is adapted to a smaller setting

stairs lead up to a large horizontal tube 

raw industrial surfaces contrast the pristine interior of the upscale retail store

the installation is constructed from factory-made standardized parts, and assembled on site







project info:


client: lane crawford
material: galvanized steel
architecture: people’s architecture office
principals: he zhe, james shen, zang feng
project team: sean phillips, charlotte yu, wayne liu, gao tianxia, leo chazalon

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