Architect: LI HU – Open Architecture Interviewer: Pier Alessio Rizzardi (TCA Think Tank) and Zhang Hankun (TCA Think Tank), Location: Beijing Date: 26th July 2013 Photographic credits: Pier Alessio Rizzardi, and Courtesy of OPEN Architecture; Text Editing: Vanessa Quirk, Edna Gee
“I am interested in developing a prototype, but this prototype is not simply to be copied. I am against copying things, but for systemized thinking and designing. I am interested in a system that can be adapted to a new site, a new program, new materials, new budget, new client, new culture and a new climate.”
Located in the “Linked Hybrid” complex in Beijing, designed in association with Steven Holl, Li Hu’s office is at the top floor of the main tower with the characteristic triangular windows of the cantilever.
In this conversation, Li Hu, founding partner of Open Architecture and ex-head of the Steven Holl Architects in China, talks about the condition of Chinese architecture; describing the issues and the possibilities of this period of time which are pushing architects to create new typologies in architecture. He founded his practice in 2006 as a base for “research on the foundations of design and creation”. Li describes the features of the current reality of architecture; explaining his Prototype approach to architecture that is in accordance with alternative ways of integration between the artificial and natural.