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Zhu Pei Drawings 朱錇作品繪圖

The Zhu Pei Drawings comprises 9 items, including site sketches, perspective sketches and elevation sketches relating to four architectural projects: Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau Office Building (2001–2004), Digital Beijing Building (2004–2007), Blur Hotel (2004–2006) in Beijing, and Cai Guo-qiang Courtyard House Renovation (2006–2007) in Beijing.

The Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau Office Building, designed and built while Zhu was part of the architecture firm Urbanus, was unusual for its time as a government office building that emphasised openness and transparency. In 2007, Zhu Pei renovated a siheyuan in Beijing as a home for the artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The aim was to preserve many of the structure’s layers which had accumulated over time, including Cultural Revolution-era slogans, while peeling back other layers and making modern insertions.

Alongside the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, Digital Beijing was one of the main showcase buildings constructed at the Olympic Park for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the only one designed by a Chinese architect. It housed the Olympic digital command centre and was meant to eventually also include a digital museum on the lower floors, though the latter was never realized. The Blur Hotel, completed in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Zhu added a luminous façade to an existing building, while creating a series of interlocking spaces incorporating natural elements inside.

The Zhu Pei Drawings were the gift of Studio Zhu Pei in 2013.

Arranged chronologically by project.


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9 items
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M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Studio Pei-Zhu, 2013

Site sketch, Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau Office Building (2001–2004), Shenzhen, China

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Drawings, Digital Beijing Building (2004–2007), Beijing, China

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Drawings, Blur Hotel (2004–2006), Beijing, China

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Drawings, Cai Guo-qiang Courtyard House Renovation (2006–2007), Beijing, China

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Site sketch, OCT Design Museum (2009–2011), Shenzhen, China

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