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work the Bookworm the NewYork Billboard Timisoara’s Highseat Eckbank East the 3rd Place Sliced Perception the Blossom-Gate the Cola-Bow the Snow Apartement XiangYang Hotel II
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.
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 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.
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penda was established 2012 by Chris Precht (former office PrechtEck) and DAyong Sun (PE and DA = penda). We are internationally 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 try to understand architecture as an profession of interwoven disciplines and consequently develop an innovative vision for social, functional and formal issues, that will create something meaningful for the client while contributing to the community. We love what we do, we are passionate about architecture and develop every project with the uttermost dedication.
heads of pendaDayong and Chris thoroughly dislike talking about themselves in the third person.
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.
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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