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Our designs use innovative interpretations of local cultures, history and our clients aspirations. They introduce new concepts and latest technologies.
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OAC reveals design of International Oceanic Fishing Cultural Masterplan and Museums, Tanmen, China
Office for Architectural Culture has been commissioned to design the master plan and architectural concept of the prestigious 650,000 m2 Tanmen International Oceanic Fishing Culture Centre and Museums project on the southern island of Hainan, China.
Charles Phu, Design Director of Office for Architectural Culture, said: ‘this is one of the largest architectural and master plan projects in Asia focused around an important fishing village with a rich heritage. Our aim is to create ‘’a living museum’’ integrating the old and the new, visitors, local fishermen and fishing villagers, the Chinese and localised Western cultures. It brings together the sites history and heritage paving the way for a rich and prolonged future.’
'Architecture needs to be the bridge between history and culture': Feature interview on Charles Phu by China Central Television (CCTV)
http://news.cntv.cn/2013/01/11/VIDE1357865831243115.shtml China Central Television (CCTV）interviewed Roger Whiteman and Charles Phu commenting the Shard
China Central Television (CCTV）interviewed Roger Whiteman and Charles Phu commenting the Shard
Charles Phu appointed on Executive Committee of Dubrovnik Summer Opera and to design set and al fresco theatre for 2013 season
OAC Design Director Charles Phu has been appointed to be on the executive committee for the Dubrovnik Summer Opera, Croatia, and to design the stage set for Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte, and the outdoor venue for the prestigious Dubrovnik Summer Opera's inaugural season in 2013.
OAC wins Famen Temple Meditation Centre on a Buddhist holy land, Shaanxi, China
Office for Architectural Culture has recently won the invited international design competition for the prestigious master plan project Famen Temple World Zen Meditation Park (Chinese: 法门寺世界禅修养心中心) near the historical city of Xi'an, China.
This internationally prominent project is to be developed around the over 1,800 years old Famen Buddhist Temple, the only Buddhist temple in the world that holds and preserves the only Śākyamuni Buddha’s finger bone relic. Being the emperial Buddhist temple of the powerful Tang Dynasty (618 - 907AD) at the east end of the ancient Silk Road, it is considered a holy land for the Buddhists around the world. The project site area is 1,240,000 sqm and the total built floor area is approximately 300,000 sqm, including 4 museums, several large meditation and event venues, a concert hall, meditation and art facilities, two 5-star hotels, and over 1000 meditation lodges.
OAC is in collaboration with the British landscape architect David Blackwood Murray, Glasgow-based landscape consultant City Design, the engineering consultant Ramboll (UK), and the museum consultant Real Studios. Acclaimed artists Yomei Chiang and Philippe Devaud are engaged to design meditation art installations.
The client Qujiang Group has redeveloped several world renowned UNESCO heritage sites including Tang Dynasty's Daming Palace, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Terra Cotta Warriors site and Tang Paradise in Xi'an, China.
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Charles Phu selected for Exhibition at Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Charles Phu, Design Director of Office for Architectural Culture, has been selected to be one of the 18 international architects alongside designers and artists by Italian journalists, curated by the prominent Italian journalist Donatella Sartorio, to be exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy, from 17th April, 2012.
This exhibition is the first of the several at the world's major design exhibitions as part of the international project ''Future Roots'', initiated by Diego Della Valle, where the selected 56 influential architects, designers and artists will have photographs of their portraits and design works, and videos of interviews exhibited in world's major design exhibitions from 2012. Alongside Charles Phu, the selected 16 international architects also include Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Jacques de Meuron, Tadao Ando, and Santiago Calatrava, Dominique Perrault.
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