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O-office Discusses How Refurbishment Projects Reveal Untold Stories

Guangzhou-based multidisciplinary firm O-office Architects specializes in refurbishment projects. Founders Jianxiang He and Ying Jiang are known for exploring what architecture can do within the contemporary Chinese context, including a recent project in which they transformed an abandoned Shenzhen factory into a dynamic cultural and community center.

SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion. Image© O-office & Maurer United

Guangzhou-based multidisciplinary firm O-office Architects specializes in refurbishment projects. Founders Jianxiang He and Ying Jiang are known for exploring what architecture can do within the contemporary Chinese context, including a recent project in which they transformed an abandoned Shenzhen factory into a dynamic cultural and community center.In this interview with ArchDaily, the founders of O-office speak about their philosophies regarding refurbishments and the current state of architecture in China.

Silo-top Studio. Image© Likyfoto

ArchDaily: A lot of your design work, including your own studio, consists of refurbishments of existing buildings--usually industrial buildings, in fact. What is it that attracts you to refurbishment work"O-office: For the past five years, our practice at O-office involved a number of refurbishment projects. This stems from our interest in the city?s historic past and creating a dialogue between the past and present in this urban context. We are passionate about city dwellers and the built environment they interact with on a daily basis and we want to work together with people to create a continuous narrative for the city. Many of the existing structures we have renovated were disused or empty, and yet they offer greater possibilities than a blank slate could. They are capable of revealing untold stories.
Silo-top Studio. Image© Likyfoto

ArchDaily: What is your philosophy with regards to altering and caring for existing buildings"O-office: The study of regional cultures and various ways of living are the primary processes that inform our design of architecture and space. Through the innovative use of space and material, we intend to "reweave" the urban fabric so as to reinvigorate urban life. Our design decisions are founded upon critical observation and in-depth research on the city?s socio-economic conditions. When working on a refurbishment project, it is exceptionally uplifting to discover the inherent spiritual qualities of space that were previously obscured by its material appearance. We expose these qualities and further enhance them. This process of investigation and discovery is executed differently in every project, allowing us to develop unique concepts and strategies to treat the space. We embrace diversities and challenges at O-office.

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