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:: Introduction ::

BaO is a Beijing-based architecture studio active in a broad range of space-related disciplines. Through research, writing, installations, architectural design, urban and strategic planning in China and abroad, BaO aims to question, investigate, and act on current global and local contexts.

Active in China since 2005, BaO has been engaged in projects that negotiate with the paradigms and mechanisms driving China's high-speed development. The reasons for its commitment in China are twofold: to formulate alternative strategies for contemporary architectural production in China; and to question the global consensus on contemporary cities and the ever-standardizing notions of progress.

BaO's projects goes beyond the question of design by working extensively on programs, scenarios, strategies and tactics that challenge the notion of buildings. Involved in both commercial and non-profit types of work, the studio tries to reassess the role of architecture could play in the existing dynamics of the city.

As a trans-national, trans-disciplinary, trans-forming practice, we keep adapting and testing new territories while advocating bold and critical ideas.

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BaO º º º 包 To envelop, to pack
BaO º º º 保 To protect
BaO º º º 报 To inform
BaO º º º 爆 To explode, burst
BaO º º º 堡 Stronghold, earthwork
BaOan º º º 保安 Public security
daBaO º º º 打包 takeaway
BaO º º º bau (german : building)
BaO º º º Bouche a oreille (french : mouth to ear)
BaO º º º Bold Architecture Office
BaO º º º Best Available Option

:: Benjamin Beller ::

21-12-1981_Strasbourg, France
Nationality: French-American

Benjamin Beller started his architectural education in Strasbourg EAS before moving to London in 2004 and obtaining RIBA part1 degree in Architectural Association School. He then attended Paris La Villette School of Architecture, from which he graduated with the highest honors in 2007.

He first came to China in 2005 where he worked with Beijing architecture studio Atelier 100S+1 while pursuing his own research on rapidly developing Chinese cities. His graduation thesis, entitled CHINA.unLTD, was a comprehensive study on the branding phenomenon and its relationship to architecture. This work triggered the construction of a billboard house in Get It Louder biennale Shanghai in 2007. The ADhouse, followed by the ADblocks projects, were attempts to reclaim the consumerist city's backstage spaces to house migrant workers and/or infrastructures.

In 2008, he established aYa office in Beijing with Chinese architect Xu Yixing and in 2010 set up his own practice BaO as a collaborative platform engaging in China and abroad. The studios he leads concentrate around both urban and rural contexts as a way to challenge their ever-imposed dichotomy and to respond to Chinese urban agenda. Throughout his practice, he's been experimenting extensively with both research and design, with a strong belief that it is through acting and engaging within both grounds simultaneously that architecture becomes constructive.

:: Contact us ::

BaO architects
Guan Shu Yuan
Build#9, Door#1, 702
Yongkang Hutong
Andingmennei dajie
Dongcheng district
Beijing, 100007
People's Republic of China

Tel: +86 135 21 320 828
Email: bao@bao-a.com
skype: baoarchitects


BaO 建筑
中国北京市东城区安定门内大街永康胡同
灌输元小区
1号园,9号楼,1单元, 702室
100007

电话: +86 135 21 320 828
Email: bao@bao-a.com
skype: baoarchitects