Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in a recent issue of MARK magazine an interview with Chinese architects Atelier Deshaus 大舍建筑. In the interview, the Shanghai-based office talks about their recently completed projects such as Jiading Kindergarten, Fuel Gas Management Station and Jiansu Software Park. Furthermore they talk about the local Shanghainese building culture, their desire to take it slow, the reality of letting-go, their traditional-hybrid approach and their believe that architecture should be about progressive spatial experiences. Now online.
The interview took place last summer in Shanghai 上海 and Jiading New City 嘉定区 [check here for snapshots]. Atelier Deshaus was founded by Liu Yichun 柳亦春, Zhuang Shen 庄慎 and Chen Yifeng 陈屹峰 in 2001 in Shanghai. A couple of months ago Zhuang Shen 庄慎 left the practice and founded his own office. From the interview:
A couple of hours earlier, in their office, I had asked Yifeng and Yichun about their company’s German-sounding name. According to Liu Yichun, they based their choice on phonetics, pragmatism and preference: ‘Deshaus is German, and we feel its connotation as something that belongs to the house. It also bears a relationship to Bauhaus. But in Chinese the word, pronounced the same way, is ta-she, which has two definitions: “large house” and “to let go”. She is the ancient word for “architecture”. You have to let go in China, but at the same time you have to control everything. This is our reality, our design philosophy.’
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