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We are penda. We are passionate about architecture & design. We are driven by creativity, innovation & tradition. We are young & hungry & forward thinking with a design approach, which is always based on issues of the content & the context. We are motivated to develop innovative & ecological & elegant solutions to social & functional & formal questions. We are keen to design projects with digital tools, artistic approach & (hand)crafted realization. We are a multicultural design collective based in Vienna & Beijing. We are penda. Welcome to our virtual home.


 keyprojects

architecture  One with the birds    House O    Gardenhouse   Austrian EXPO Pavilion 2015   HK Fine Arts Gallery   The Myrtle Garden Hotel   The O – Salford Bridge   Between Earth and Sky    Sliced Perception   the Blossom-Gate   Ribbon Hotel   Xiangyang Creative Hub   the 3rd Place   Floating Islands   the NewYork Billboard   Timisoara’s Highseat   S.Deer Headquarters   the Bookworm   Austrian Library Extension 

 

interior   HK Fine Arts Gallery (new)    Vanke Salescentre    Hongkong Art Storage    the ice apartment    the Snow Apartment    White Cloud Office

 

industrial  living leaves   Eckbank West   Eckbank East   YOYO Traininterior

 

installation  the Cola-Bow    zippers

 

Vanke Salescenter Text gonna be updated soon!

Gardenhouse The ‘Gardenhouse’ describes a single family house, which connects its residents to the surrounding landscape. The design is defined by a structural grid, which works as a sunshade to the inside and as a connecting element of balkonies and vertical gardens to the outside.
The main functions of the house are oriented in a spiral-shaped system, having the more public areas on the lower part and the private bedrooms with a connection to a larger roof garden on the top.

The Ice Apartment Recently we have finished the Ice Apartment, which is located in Zhangjiakou, 160km North of Beijing. The apartment sits a floor above the Snow Apartment (you can see it below) and serves as a space for dining and drinking for its guests. The walls are cladded with hand-made frosted-glass tiles, which are LED – backlit. The color of the lights can change to transform the space into an alternating ambiance.

House O The project describes a small garden-house for a famous chinese wood-artist in Beijing. The doughnut-like form was inspired by a cross section of a treetrunk and translates the daily routine of the artist into a functional program of the house.
Located within its center is a courtyard space that links the levels of the house with an oculus shines down upon a spiraling staircase.
Around this focal point, in order to keep the form within a minimized footprint, the decision to manipulate the verticality of the structure allowed us to decipher where public and private programs should be located in relation to the amount of sunlight they should receive. The transfer of fluorescence is achieved through a slight gestural lift towards the south, creating an undulating surface that is visible in elevation. The act simultaneously creates a wave of glazing for the submerged kitchen and hierarchically places the master bedroom at the top of the second floor. here, the client is able to relax as privacy is created through a rhythmic use of wooden louvers that obstruct views into his personal space.

One with the birds Our design for the AIM ‘legend of tent’ competition is driven by 3 main principles: an ecological understanding of the project, a flexible structure, which can be adept to different surroundings and creating a comfortable atmosphere in a unique environment.
the design uses natural and local materials as a structural element. The focus was to create a connection which leaves no impact on the site, nor any harm on the bamboo itself, so after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the materials can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.
The structure is inspired by the tipis of native americans, which didnt leave any harm on the site, nor on the material itself, because the joints were connected with ropes, so the tents were easy to construct, deconstruct and carried. A truly flexible system.
Hiking through the woods, one is normally surrounded by treetrunks, lacking a sense of orientation and visibility. When we were kids, we used to experience our environment differently. We used to connect to nature in a more direct way, climbing trees, enjoying unique views and exporing a different wildlife. We were connected to our environment in a 3 dimensional way. We were one with the birds…
This feeling of leaving city-life behind and getting connected to nature and experiencing our natural environment is the driving idea of our proposal.
With a flexible structural system and connected it with comfortable spaces, we have the opportunity to create a variety of buildings of different sizes. depending on the needs, the size and amount can grow: from single rooms to a family structure, to a size of a clubhouse or even up to larger scales, which fombine more functions of a typical hotel like a lobby or restaurant within one structure.
All is depending on the needs and on the demands, but each building connects in a very responsible diaglog to our natural environment.

Hongkong Art Storage An already long-time client asked us to work on an Art Storage in the center of Hongkong. Given the program of a non-frequently used space, we are introducing a suitcase-like object. The box can be fully opened and integrated, when the storage is in use and art gets shown to clients and is fully fold-able and secure when unoccupied.
The box gets made out of copper and inhabits a sliding drawer for artwork, a cozy couch, a bar, a beamer and a working desk. Leaving the rest of the space in untouched rough concrete, the copper objects will work as an eye-catcher reflecting natural lighting and colouring the space in a warm, red tone.

Zippers / Experiments with zip-shapes

Hongkun Art Gallery / Art Arcadion Located on the southern 3rd ring road in Beijing, the white exterior of the Hongkun Art Gallery works a sculptural focal point for the area. Entering the gallery through an opening in the monolithic facade, the arch-like curves continue to the interior and gently merge into a clean white space for exhibiting the artworks. The open areas in the gallery offer a wide space for themed exhibition, while the gently curved entrance part draws people into the space and guides them naturally further into the gallery. The solid expression of the exterior countinually merges with a carved out interior and increases the sculptural appearance of the gallery. Multiple arches altering in size and orientation create a continuous, gentle curve which becomes a sculptural interpretation of the landscape paintings, that are exhibited in the gallery. Within the arches, the entrance sculpture inhabites an information desk, a coatroom and the main circulation staircase, which guides visitors to the basement with a special exbition hall and employees to the office area located on the mezzanin level.

The Bookworm

The New York Billboard recognizing the necessity for architects to address the issues of density and sustainability in the city, the design seeks to reorganize the conventional solution of a high-rise by creating a horizontal layer that provide elevated links between towers.the preliminary research done on the project saw a list of social problems around continuously building vertically: a sense of isolation due to its distance from the public and urban conditions as well as inefficiency in cases of emergency. by limiting its structural height, the design aims to refocus the attention back to the users’ experience. the ground level hosts a number of public functions, providing direct access to a grid of linking walkways, elevated gardens and facilities. distinguished by a crystal-like skin, the project serves as a gateway to brooklyn, liberty and staten island. 20% of the facade area allow algae bio cultivation to take place within the building’s double skin facade. this will help with internal air quality as well as produce bio-diesel which could be used by the integrated nycarshare system. solar and photovoltaic panels cover a total area of 14,000 m2 on the top and side of the structure, producing 7,200,000 kWh per year. 110 wind turbines attached to the west side of the tower have the potential to generate an additional 1,400,000kWh per year, which accounts for roughly 13% of the building’s energy use.

Timisoara’s Highseat Designing a gathering point for the city of Timisoara, The focus for the pavilion was to stand out as an attractor and fit in the context at the same time. Located within the green lung of the city with direct connection to its surrounding districts and due to its vertical orientation, the highseat has a great potential to serve as a cultural, social and urban focal point to attract people back to the park.

Eckbank East 2nd prize at the Poolbar Competition 2012 eckbank ost is a modular seating concept for afamous club called “pratersauna” in vienna, austria. considering that people communicate in a variety of ways, the eckbank concept offers a wide range of practical use. relax on a chair, lie on a bench, sit on a bar stool to communicate at eye level with a friend standing next to you, or just use it as a backrest while sitting on the lawn, the design caters to the needs of these individual preferences. it allows for the benches to become a quiet place for one during the day, as well as a social meeting ground later in the evening. mainly made out of wood, one module consists of 40 cm-spaced triangulated profiles connected by horizontal timber. the triangles get linked with the triangles of its neighbor units creating a stable truss-system. the structure then gets covered by 15×1.5 cm spruce boards. using those separate units, the owner can assemble a seating arrangement depending on the expected number of visitors. ending at different length, the arrangement of the units radiates main themes of a club, like music, rhythm or volume and so has the potential to become an identity defining object for the location.

the 3rd Place / a Center for Information and Inspiration

SLiced Perception The task of the project was to create a gate, which is connected to its surrounding landscape on one hand, and contrast enough to the background on the other hand to serve as a point of attraction and orientation for the gardens visitors. a variation of 700 fins between 2 and 13 meter height and different rotation are arranged in a blossom-like formation. the fins are covered by purple stainless steel panels which are perforated to let them appear transparent towards the top. A range of different shades of pink, depending on size and location of the fins, symbolizes the colour of the blossoms of a myrtle tree and creates a sliced contrast to the green hills in the background. As many public plazas in China, this square should invite people to dance, play music or exercise after the sun set. A connected LED-lighting system illuminates each fin. The brightness of the illumination is depending on the amount of movement around the gate. As visitors passing by, they get various views to the background depending on the point of view and speed of walking. The perception of the surrounding changes with ones movement and therefore the visitors become part of the sculpture.

Eckbank East the passageway reinterprets the typology of a threshold through which all people must pass, from that of a point of circulation to a space of gathering. the sprouting structure, alluding to the local flora, consists in two stylistically arching bamboo space frames covered in hundreds of single poles like brush strokes of calligraphy framing the landscape which proved to influence many ancient chinese writers and artists. in the interstitial space formed at the convergence of the two forms, the point of ingress and egress, a new social gathering function is created with stepped seating that provides for several stages within a sculptural construct and a picturesque backdrop.

the Blossom Gate the passageway reinterprets the typology of a threshold through which all people must pass, from that of a point of circulation to a space of gathering. the sprouting structure, alluding to the local flora, consists in two stylistically arching bamboo space frames covered in hundreds of single poles like brush strokes of calligraphy framing the landscape which proved to influence many ancient chinese writers and artists. in the interstitial space formed at the convergence of the two forms, the point of ingress and egress, a new social gathering function is created with stepped seating that provides for several stages within a sculptural construct and a picturesque backdrop.

the Cola-Bow The cola-bow is a public art installation made out of more than 17.000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. more than 17.000 bottles were collected by a joint initiative of universities around Beijing and Coca-Cola China to give citizencs a bottle of Coke for every 10 empty ones brought back to a recycling spot. The amount of collected plastic bottles ended up in an entrance conopy to the 2nd universal university creation expo. The installation should also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. A lot of things which are most convient to us are made out of plastic. A too small percentage of this plastic waste end up in recycling bins.To make matters worse, plastic is persistent in the environment where it can remain up to 450 years. Surrounded by increased pollution every, the sculputure can also be seen as a reminder for creating awareness to recycle plastic waste.

Eckbank West The cola-bow is a public art installation made out of more than 17.000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. more than 17.000 bottles were collected by a joint initiative of universities around Beijing and Coca-Cola China to give citizencs a bottle of Coke for every 10 empty ones brought back to a recycling spot. The amount of collected plastic bottles ended up in an entrance conopy to the 2nd universal university creation expo. The installation should also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. A lot of things which are most convient to us are made out of plastic. A too small percentage of this plastic waste end up in recycling bins.To make matters worse, plastic is persistent in the environment where it can remain up to 450 years. Surrounded by increased pollution every, the sculputure can also be seen as a reminder for creating awareness to recycle plastic waste.

the Snow Apartement Inspired by a melting snowfield in spring, this design combines a contrast of cold and warm materials to create a cosy, yet naturally shaped interior. The Snow Apartement is located in the North of Beijing, within an skiing-region, which is bidding for the Winter Olympic Games 2022. Beeing reminded of the atmosphere of an igloo, the apartement provides a warm Weekend – Getaway for the owner and his friends.

XiangYang Hotel II The Hotel is currently under Construction. Please check back with us at a later point to catch up on some updates, or follow us on our facebook page.

Living Leaves

Yoyo What if we think the interior of a train as a space, that is totally open and only a absolute necessary number of seats are placed. An invisible number, which keep the space as opened and unidvided as possible. What if we think of it as a space, where density only depends on the number of the traveling passengers and the seat itself has alternative capabilities a fixed rigid structure do not offer. It is all about the right balance between comfort and function; about having a maximum of seats without cutting down on the cosiness for the traveler. yoyo is about flexibility – thinking flexible. acting flexible. being flexible.

The concept made 2nd prize at the international Bombardier Train Interior Design Competition in 2009 out of 5000 participating projects.

Between Earth and Sky Gate / Shenzhen University of Science and Technology The design for an entrance sculpture to the Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. There is a chinese saying parents tell their children when they leave home for university ” 大展宏图 “, which means roughly translated : “ride on the wings of an eagle to your success”. The wing-shaped design for the sculpture is a formal translation of this saying. The sculpture serves as an entrance gate and is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky. Furthermore the landmark should symbolize a freedom of thinking on one hand and certain guidelines on the other hand, which stand for a system and order in science – a contranst of endless possibilities and technical limitations. With those opposites, the sculpture describes what a modern Technical University should stand for – a symbiosis of nature and technology.

White Cloud Office

S.Deer Headquarters

At fashionshows, photoshootings or previous store designs, cubes in different size and configurations are omnipresent and have been a key object and an unofficial logo for representing S.Deer. The scheme divides the building into 2 structurally independant components interacting with each other on a certain height. 2 entities supporting each other and generating an working and lifestyle hybrid for the company. Some sustainable aspects of the design include grey water treatment, photovoltaic panels on the outside of a double layerd facade, pipes for algae bio cltivation in between the two layers and a use of local materials during the construction of the project. Prechteck’s scheme aimes to produce a natural and organic expression having a refined structure embraced by a textile facade pattern.With Fei Tang and Daniel Mayer

The Ribbon Hotel

A 16.000sqm hotel is sloping down with the site until it gets connected to a larger lake on each side of the hotel. The concept design was done in a partnership of Graft/Beijing and Penda.

Extension to the Austrian Library

design for the extension of the national library of austria located at the hofburg in vienna. straddling the border of a nearby park, the project is a continuous spiral form that houses its core exhibition hall underground. pulling up out of the urban landscape, the seamless structure features a mosaic form of crystal-like excisions along its body, allowing natural daylight to filter through to the interior. public circulation on the street level is not damaged by the extension, which arches off the ground to create a curvilinear roof garden on its roof. drop-off and fire emergency line is placed under the arch, allowing cars to drive under the structure to access the main entrance. the extension features a number of cultural facilities including a 1200 m2 underground exhibition hall, a 600 m2 multifunctional hall, creative studios, a restaurant and shops.

Floating Islands / Bionice Structure

Xiangyang Creative Hub Masterplan

The Xiangyang Creative Hub is a 60.000sqm masterplan for a commercial part / artist village in the province of Hubei. With the chinese meaning in mind, that running water symbolizes the stream of wealth, we try to interpret an image of stones placed in a riverbed. stay tuned! more to come

Proposal for the Austrian EXPO Pavilion in Mailand 2015

the design for the austrian pavilion ‘naturally yours’ us in collaboration with alex daxböck has won 1st runner up for the milan expo 2015, themed ‘feeding the planet’. the idea provides visitors with the opportunity to plant seeds and then directly eat the food grown on the pavilion. based on austria’s high quality, locally grown produce the concept for the pavilion lies within its structural framework – at the end of the expo it will be fully taken over by organic food. ‘no other country has more organic food from local farmers in shops and food markets and the reason is austria’s size. being a small country means short distances from locally produced food to its costumers.’ at the beginning of the expo the 3.6m structural grid will be fully exposed, its timber frames eventually filled with seeds of vegetables, fruits or herbs. the pavilion is based on a modular grid system, which enables it to flexibly adapt to increasing numbers of visitors and also easily deconstructed and reused afterwards. ‘the structure is just a frame for ‘homegrown’ food, the visitors become the main designers, decorating the pavilion with plants of their choice.’ at the entrance people will be given pots to plant along a ramp that is partly open to the outside. running through the main structure, it will be lined with local plants and seeds to help communicate the full lifecycle of growing food. examples of different ways natural produce is treated while it grows, how it is picked and harvested will be on display. at the end of the ramp a restaurant will complete the full lifecycle of food with the ingredients combined to make traditional austrian cuisine accompanied by wine or schnapps.

The Proposal won the 1st runner-up prize at the 2013 held international comeptition for the Austrian Pavilion for the Expo 2015 in Mailand.

The O – a bridge for the Salford Meadow’s

The design reinterprets a traditional bridge typology by mixing it with a visual structure , which creates a strong and unique landmark for the site. Looking at the bridge from the side, the strucutre appears as a common suspended bridge, but getting closer to its starting points, the bridge opens up its eliptical shape and surrounds the pedestrians walking over to the Meadows. The aim of the proposal is to create a landmark for the Salford Meadows by turning its structure of the bridge into a formal element, which will define a strong signature for the site. The design is meant to stand as a monument by balancing the tradition of Salford with the green spaces on the Meadow in an elegant, harmonious and inviting way. A landmark not defined how people are interacting with the building, but how the building is interacting with the people. Therefore we created an icon for the Meadows which changes its appearance to people throughout the city. People in the South and North of Salford see the bridge as a disc-like object, where else for people in the eastern and western parts the bridge has a very slim and elegant appearance. Approaching from the Crescent / Chapel Street, the bridge looks like a common swing bridge suspended from a pylon. Getting closer, the bridge is opening up and the ellipses turns into a full circle inviting the visitors to the Meadow. People are interacting with the bridge without even the need of crossing it and therefore the O creates a unique experience for people living and visiting Salford and a lasting formal impression of the Meadows. A continuously truss system is carrying a wooden finishing for a walk path and glazed, semi transparent handrails. With it‘s DDA compliant gradient of 1/20, both endings are generously widened to invite pedestrians. The walkway merges into a a terraced landscape, which can be used for sunbathing during the day and as an open air theatre at dawn. Hence its slope, the landing point of the bridge provides a great view over the Meadows.

penda in combination with Alex Daxböck

please note, that the projects shown on the website are just a small excerpt of ourprojects. for the full scope of our work, you can download the book of penda.

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profile of penda

penda was established 2012 by Chris Precht (former office Prechteck) and Dayong Sun (PE and DA = penda). We are  located in Vienna and Beijing. Our credo is to see architecture as a statement that always starts with questions about the content and the context, about identity, density and the community of a specific site. That is why we treat each and every project in a unique way and fresh thoughts and therefor the outcome is always costum-made. We love what we do, we are passionate about architecture and develop every project with the uttermost dedication.

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Dayong Sun (MFA arch.) email QQ

Dayong graduated in 2012 with Master of Fine Arts from CAFA in Beijing. His thesis was about a research in bionic architecture and got honored with “Best Outstanding Graduation Design” at the CAFA Architecture Session 2012. He has been invited to participate at the International Youth Designer Workshop in Italy / Milano. Dayong used to work as a Project-Architect for Graft Beijing (2005-2010) and Graft Berlin (2008), as an Architect and Researcher at Tsinghua University Institute and as a Senior Architect for HMD in Beijing (2012). Late 2012 he founded ‘penda’ together with Chris.

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Chris Precht (Dipl.Ing.arch.) email facebook

Chris has won numerous awards in Architecture and Design, among 1st prize at the national Isover Skyscraper competition, the Tile – Award 2013 and was ranked #9 of young architects to follow 2013. His work has recently been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2010, at the “Emotion in Architecture at Künstlerhaus Salzburg and ‘the Best of’ Exhibition in Innsbruck and Vienna. Chris graduated early 2013 with honors from the Technical University of Vienna and he is the Principle of the designhouse ‘Prechteck’ since 2010. Together with Dayong, he established ‘penda’ in 2012.

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