The "Esprit nouveau" of Chinese architecture comes to Italy

Ten Great Chinese architects exploring the sites of Made in Italy

by Mauro Lazzarotto
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Ten of the most important Chinese architects are in Italy to introduce themselves and their works to the Italian public, but above all to have a fantastic tour, exploring the sites of Made in Italy. During this modern "Grand Tour" they will have the opportunity to explore the places where the "Made ​​in Italy" was born and to have a "physical approach" with most innovative and most attractive Italian brands. 

Going up faster than ever, Chinese architecture’s avant-garde buildings dominate the skylines of Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou... China is in the midst of what may be the biggest building boom in human history, what role can Italy play in this Chinese "Esprit nouveau"?

Here is the list of architects invited to Italy by Marco Casamonti, Editor magazine Area:

Winston Shu - Integrated Design
Zhu Zhiyuan - Atelier Cns
Gong Dong - Vector Architects
Zhang Lei - Azl Architects
Zhang Ke - Standardarchitecture
Yang Pu - Atelier Fcjz
Li Hua - Trace Architecture Office
Keiichiro Sako - SAKO architects
Zhu Pei - Studio Pei-Zhu

Zhang Lei's meditations in the courtyard

Yesterday the ten Architects showed their projects at a side event in Cersaie and then they visited a carbon copy of the pavilion of the esprit nouveau (where these pictures were taken), projected by Le Corbusier in 1925 for a temporary exibition in Paris and faithfully rebuilt in 1976 just in front of the entrance of the Bologna fair grounds.

Zhu Pei at the LC windows...

Today, the "Chinese delegation" will be guest of OIKOS for a very special visit to their factory where every day they search for new finishes, innovative solutions, and unique, creative paths. OIKOS do this according to their principles of responsible production and environmental sustainability, inspired by the concept of colour sensitive to art, to mankind, to history, to the environment... Could this be the key to present itself in the Chinese market?

After the factory visit an "eccentric" stage in Cesenatico, far from the major cities, to rediscover two hidden treasures of rationalist architecture: the town hall designed by Gio Ponti and an impressive and charming summer camp built during the fascist period: the Colonia Agip (1937) by Giuseppe Vaccaro. 

Will update as soon as possible with new photos...