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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 within current global and local contexts.

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

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:: WB2012 Honours Mumbai ::

Wash-Pod


This October, BaO's Wash-pod just received the WB2012 award in Mumbai India in the category "Innovative public sanitation facilities". The prize was delivered by Anurag Yadav, chief editor of Washrooms and Beyond, a magazine based in Dehli and specializing in progressive ideas concerning sanitation issues worldwide.

Wash-pod is a plug and play autonomous sustainable bathroom that BaO has designed earlier this year and that is now in prototyping phase. The project is both a continuity of the Shanmen bathhouse completed in Gansu in 2011 and a fresh take on designing a system for the implementation and reproducibility of sustainable collective bathhouses in China and abroad...

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:: First prize ::

DaShiLa Charette competition


BaO was awarded the first prize in a design Charette organized by Dashila(b) for the Beijing Design Week.

"10 architects, 5 days, 120 sites", the charette was part of a larger effort on the development of DaShiLa, a district located just few hundred meters south of TianAnMen square in the heart of Beijing. We were invited to work on this very complex site and propose ideas and strategies for the re-activation of the historical district that challenges tabula rasa methods or touristic Disneyland-like preservation ubiquitous in China...

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:: Installation ::

In-De-Flatable


BaO teamed up with UNIT. and KJYAO in Hong Kong to build an inflatable installation for ClockenFlap music festival in West Kowloon. Having stumbled upon a Shenzhen factory unsold stock of 500 inflatable toy balls, our objective was to produce an indeterminate experimentation, an object that we couldn't fully control, and a form that we couln't fully predict. The balls were inflated and thrown in a gigantic black bag that was then closed-off and vaccumed to the point where the balls started getting closer and closer, clustering and finding their natural places in the swarm. The installation thus plays on contrary pressures that when working together start creating forms that are almost impossible to design. In-De-Flate is all about process, unpredictability and fun.

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:: Project ::

HangZhou Xiao Feng Museum


BaO was commisioned to work on a museum dedicated to the painter Xiao Feng in Hangzhou. The project is a long bridge building winding in the forest. Instead of the usual frontal and monumental museum typology, the building is here camouflaged and never quite understandable as a whole. One has to move through space to discover step by step the building and the collection. In an almost ritualized winding sequence creating a strong sense of intimacy and secrecy, visitors successively step in enclosed immaculated white gallery spaces and half-open buffer zones in which the black tiles curtain facade of the building reappears and acts as a porous screen between the museum and the forest.

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:: Publication ::

A Country's Side



BaO's essay A Country's Side_Notes on Chinese rural development is due for publication in the dutch-based magazine MONU#16 Non-Urbanism this April.

China is changing, China is growing, China is fast. Skyscrapers are built overnight, cities from scratch appear in unknown places, modern Chinese metropolises are becoming primary global economical hubs. The dazzling Chinese growth is not however without consequences. Progress needs sacrifices! The gap is growing bigger; urban and rural territories are inexorably shifting apart...

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