Assignment: Imperial Trader’s Hotel Guangzhou

Buschmeyer + Cai Architekten got commssioned with the redesign of the façades, the optimization of the functional layout and a new interior design of the iconic 1980s Imperial Trader’s Hotel building in Guangzhou.

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Opening: minimaist @Design Shanghai 2018 / 14.03.18

Minimaïst is a manufactory of contemporary Chinese porcelain vases inspired by nature such as the Icelandic landscape. Buschmeyer + Cai Architekten designed this year’s exposition stall for minimaïst’s Design Shanghai 2018 presentation.

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Prize: First Prize for the design of a geological museum

Buschmeyer + Cai Architeken wins the competition for the Yichang Golden Spike Geological Museum and the surrounding Geological Science Expo Garden in China’s Hubei province.
LDI: CSCEC (China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation).

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Progress: structural steel works / House P – Refurbishment

A chimney and two load-baring walls got replaced through two steel beams. Four small rooms got combined into a single, generous one on the groundfloor of House P. Roofers are continuing now with the conversion of the roof. Electrical works and plumbing have been started.

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Progress: sliding door artwork / Apartment S2

After two months of painting and precision works the pixelated landscape artwork is completed. 13,000 different shades of oil paint have been mixed and carefully applied onto the two wooden sliding door panels which have been already succesfully installed in the main reception hall of the apartment.

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Progress: pantry wall / Apartment S2

The pantry wall has been successfully installed in the dining room. Highlight of it is definitely the modestly wall integrated slim Gaggenau wine climate cabinet.

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Opening: Chikalicious / 12.12.15

With delicious dessert finger food, champagne, good wine and an amazing number of guests the first Chinese branch of the famed New York dessert bar Chikilicous celebrated its opening in Shanghai.
Go to the project.

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Publication: Strategies for the Built – China / TU Berlin + CADI

The result of the research project Buschmeyer + Cai took part in has been published.

Research abstract:
Strategies for the preservation and redevelopment of old city quarters and buildings in China
using the example of DongKou Village on Zhibu Island.
With the rapid growth and densification of Chinese cities over the past 50 years, in many places the old city structures had to give way to the new city developments. The preservation of today´s remaining existing old residential quarters with their traditional Chinese courtyard houses is at risk for mainly two reasons: First, the density of the low rise old structure is too low for the valuable city center areas, where a lot of the historical quarters are located. Second, the old houses were usually not systematically modernized. Thus, historic courtyard houses, which are mostly still used as residential buildings, are often dilapidated, utilities are obsolete and no longer correspond to the comfort standards of contemporary living. On the other hand, the old towns are now more and more understood to be valuable documents of Chinese history, tradition and identity that ought to be preserved. Between these conflicting interests there is a need for strategies that reconcile cultural with economic interests.
Against this background, the aim of this co-operation is a German-Chinese transfer of knowledge and ideas to develop new potential architectural strategies for the preservation and redevelopment of old city quarters. The study aims to preserve as much of the local urban fabric and old buildings as possible and at the same time find ways and strategies to transform historic sites into a contemporary, livable or usable part of the city.

Contributers: Guestprof. Dr. Matthias Ballestrem, Wei Cai, Philipp Buschmeyer, Bogdan Stugar, Jin Haiping, Daniela Schaffarczyk, Reidar Mester

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Opening: The Urban Mobility Store / 8.8.15

After facing concept and construction phases of together less than two months and a tight budget, we are proud that today The Urban Mobility Store has celebrated its opening. The interested public came, enjoyed some typical English refreshments, the clear store design and last but not least the fascinating Brompton bikes.
Link: The Urban Mobility Store

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Research: Strategies for the Built – China

From March 2015 on, Wei Cai and Philipp Buschmeyer will take part in a research project by the Technische Universität Berlin (Fachgebiet Baukonstruktion und Entwerfen, Prof. Regine Leibinger / Gastprofessor Matthias Graf von Ballestrem) in cooperation with the China Architecture Design Institute.

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Teaching: Wohnpavillon Peking / UdK Berlin

2012年冬季学期,B+C与柏林艺术大学建筑系的Adolf Krischanitz教授合作,参与了通州运河小木屋项目的教学指导工作。这个项目选址在北京通州大运河岸边,21个学生分成7组,设计了7所风格各异的木结构居住建筑。学生们独立完成了从规划到结构构造设计的一系列工作,若能付诸实践,这些木屋将被用作特色度假酒店。
这些木屋的设计,用Krischanitz教授的话来说:探索了简单构建的本质。尝试在返璞归真的形式语言和当代木构技术之间找到一个平衡点,以唤起人们对居住本能的欲望。

In winter semester 2012, Buschmeyer + Cai cooperated with Professor Adolf Krischanitz, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Berlin University of the Arts, on a teaching project of wood pavilions. This Project is located on the riverbank of the Grand Canal in Tongzhou, Beijing, China. 21 Students took part in this project. They were divided into seven groups, each of them working on an individual wood pavilion for living. The students developed the project from architectural design to construction. Should the pavilions be built, they will be used as boutique hotel units.
The different designs of the wood pavilions, according to Professor Krischanitz, are “developing the character of simple artefacts. They evoke an atavistic desire to inhabit those objects between nature-like modality and artificial mechanics.“

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