OPEN celebrates the North American launch of Towards Openness with a book event at Columbia University's GSAPP Incubator at NEW Inc. on February 21. Authored by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing, published by Applied Research + Design Publishing, Towards Openness is a symphony of seven built projects and six idea chapters that are interwoven to offer an in-depth examination of OPEN's practice and critical thinking.
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.