After half a year’s construction, OPEN's Dune Art Museum topped out recently. The wooden formwork for thin shell cast-in-place concrete reveals the sophisticated and powerful structure of this building. The site lies in a natural sand dune zone on the seashore of Qinhuangdao, China. When the building structure is completed, sand will be put back in between and on top of the “art cells”, and dune’s original state will be restored. Except for the skylights, openings and a viewing platform that appear floating in the sands, the building will quietly disappear in the dunes by the sea.
Li Hu, the founding partner of OPEN, was invited to speak at Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BODW) 2017 on Dec. 7th. As a plenary speaker, he was interviewed by CNN Style and answered a series of rapid-fire exchanges on the design industry's future.
OPEN’s installation titled “The Eternal & the Ephemeral” evoked the interest and participation of a great number of visitors at Marmomac 2017 which was held from September 27 to 30 in Verona Italy. The piece was created in response to the theme of the exhibition, “Soul of City,” curated by celebrated Italian architectural scholar Luca Molinari.