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Ceramic Constellation Pavilion

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

I am very happy to share the recent outcome of our spring activities in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at HKU. The project entitled “Ceramic Constellation Pavilion – Spatial shifts through robotically fabricated terracotta bricks” represents the first research work in the newly formed collaboration between Sino Group and the Robotic Fabrication Lab.

Robotic Architecture, Hong Kong, Rocker Lange Architects, China, ceramic architecture,

The Pavilion, which was guided by Christian J. Lange, Donn Holohan and Holger Kehne was built by students utilizing robotic technology. The research initiative that supports arts, cultures, and technology is intended to foster cultural awareness of new technologies for the built environment.

In a context that has been largely shaped by standardization and mass production, the project seeks to overcome the constraints of today’s architectural production through the introduction of a structure made entirely of non-standard components.

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This inaugural workshop of the “Sino Group Robotic Architecture Series” utilized terracotta clay to test the possibilities and limits within robotic fabrication and to revitalize a material system that has a significant tradition in Asia.

robotically manufactured bricks, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic Fabrication LAB, 3d printed ceramics

Departing from traditional brick bonds, the 3.8m tall project articulates a load-bearing composite structure with timber – where each of the nearly 2000 3d printed terracotta bricks is unique and different, enabling varying degrees of transparency, morphological shifts, and new experiences.

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Around 700 kg of raw terracotta clay was printed over a period of 3 weeks into individual bricks that were then fired at 1025 degrees Celsius. With 2-3 minutes average printing time for each brick, the pavilion is one of the first of its kind in the world that incorporates this specific material system.

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All components were fabricated with the equipment in the newly fitted Robotics Lab at HKU’s Faculty of Architecture and assembled during a ten-day workshop by students from the Department of Architecture.

The project was recently on show in the North Atrium of Olympian City, West Kowloon and will find its new home soon on the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, teracotta architecture

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, clay robotics, 3d printed bricks, robotically manufactured teracotta bricks

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic Fabrication LAB

robotically fabricated terracotta bricks

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, clay robotics, 3d printed bricks, robotically manufactured teracotta bricks, ceramic architecture


Credits:
Project Leaders: Christian J. Lange, Donn Holohan, Holger Kehne


Research Assistants: Tony Lau, Anthony Hu, Teego Ma Jun Yin, Ernest Hung Chi Lok, Chau Chi Wang, Ren Depei, Mono Tung, He Qiye, Henry Ho Yu Hong

Workshop students: Go Yi, Sisay Sombo, Cheung Hoi Ching, Cheung King Man, Cheung Pak Yin, Ho Pui Lun, Verena Leung, Sharon So Cheuk Ying, Xu Junjie, Zhao Jinglun, Sampson Ip Cheuk Sum, Tan Shaoying, Yeung Tsz Wing

Funding: Sino Group

Structural engineers: Goman Ho &amp, Alfred Fong – Ove Arup Partners Hong Kong Ltd

For for images on the project please visit also:
http://www.arch.hku.hk/

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H-Residence on HGTV Asia

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Rocker-Lange Architects is happy to share the recent feature of their H-residence project on HGTV-Asia’s Small Spaces section. In this short film host James Koh is interviewing Christian J. Lange and his wife Alice to get some insides of the concepts behind this apartment renovation in Hong Kong. The video is now online on Youtube. Check it out.

Reciprocal Timber Structures – outcomes of recent Robotic Fabrication workshop

Monday, August 15th, 2016

We are pleased to show some photos of the outcomes of the recent Robotic Fabrication Workshop. The workshop took place during late June 2016 at the University of Hong Kong and was led by Christian J. Lange and Donn Holohan. The project took on the typology of the tower as a point of departure to study the potential of low energy timber construction systems in conjunction with robotic fabrication.

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robots in architecture, The University of Hong Kong, China, reciprocal timber structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects, Donn Holohan

credits:

supervisors:
Christian J. Lange
Donn Holohan

students:
Chan Yat Him Gabriel
Kong Ka Yu Christina
Tung Chiu On
Wong Yee Fung, Yves
Lu Chang
Laura Rulianto
Chan Hong Wan Aaron
He Qiye

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H | Residence – Living inside out | in the city

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

rocker-lange architects just finished their project “H | Residence – Living inside out | in the city” an apartment renovation on Hong Kong Island.

H-residence, rocker lange architects, minimalism Hong-Kong, modern apartment renovation with polished concrete flooring, minimal design, living inside out in the city

The H | Residence project is located in an up and coming neighborhood on Hong Kong Island.  Though very much shaped by high-rise buildings of the last three decades, the area has still a decent amount of old walk up buildings, revealing the richness of the city’s urban history. The neighborhoods texture consists of many layers of numerous patterns, colors and materials. The result is a vibrant and intense atmosphere, lively and contrasting, yet at times busy and overwhelming.

H-residence, rocker lange architects, Hong Kong, Minimal interior design, refurbishment of old walk-up building, L-shape kitchen made of Corian, with concrete floor finish

H-residence, rocker-lange architects, axonometric drawing, minimal apartment design Hong Kong, renovation of apartment in old walk-up building

Giving this setting the project of the H | Residence has two main objectives. On one hand the 2-bedroom apartment is meant to provide a calm and neutral living space counter-balancing the cities rich textures. On the other hand the space is suppose to be highly linked to its urban environment blurring the boundaries between the inside and the outside and submerging the residence into the cityscape.

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Located in an old walk up building, the apartment has aspects to all four building sides, linking its interior with its surroundings through black-framed windows looking out to a park, a buzzing street, a back alley and a backyard. To blur the interior with the exterior two large sliding windows replaced the multiple smaller windows in the main north facing outer wall. When opened up they transform the entire living and kitchen space into an urban balcony, giving access to an herb garden that provides the essentials for the owners cooking avocation.

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H-residence, rocker-lange, Hong-Kong, minimal bathroom design with concrete and corian finish

The apartments interior is held in a minimal almost monochrome environment where only furniture pieces and a reflective brass wall set some color dots. The kitchen is made of white Corian resembling a monolithic block. Hanging cupboards are held in a stainless steel finish to enhance the spatial idea. Kitchen counter, vanity and study table all align in height with the adjacent windows, strengthening the relationship to the exterior.  In order to maximize the perception of space and allow for the best lid environment partitions are all made of glass, giving the apartment a loft space atmosphere. Privacy is only given through curtains to essential spaces. The floor finish is a light grey burnished concrete, which enhances the continuity of space. All storage is integrated either into walls or furniture to strengthen the minimal appearance of the apartment.

For more information and photos of the project please visit: http://www.rocker-lange.com/index.php?/workinterior/h–residence/

New Urban Adapter Bench in San Francisco

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

We recently finished another Urban Adapter bench for a client in San Francisco. The bench is around 3.50m long and oscillates between two major seating conditions. Made of stained and lacquered MDF it serves as an eye-catching focal point within the lobby environment.

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Rocker Lange Architects to receive an Excellent Work Award

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Rocker Lange Architects have been recently awarded an excellent work award for their project “Blend-es-Scape”. The project was part of the international competition for The 5th China International Architectural Biennial 2013.The competition brought together architects, landscape architects, and artists to create a series of temporary physical installations on sites adjacent to the National Stadium in Beijing.

RLA_BLEND-ES-SCAPE_01, The Fifth China International Architectural Biennial, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg M. Rocker

The concept of the design is based on classic / traditional elements of Chinese architecture and culture that can be found in traditional Chinese gardens. Chinese gardens are all about the fusion of architecture and nature. The key elements for this project are the wooden screen, the Chinese lantern, the traditional roof, the openings in Chinese gardens and the classical wooden stool. The pavilion is an embodiment of these elements and synthesizes them through a simple modular system that serves as structure, circulation, screen and seating. The goal in this design was to blend inside and outside and outside with inside. The space and structure of the pavilion generates transitions between solids and voids, opacity and transparency and blends between the urban and the natural realm to generate a continuous transition from the fabric of the city into the fluid natural environment.

RLA_BLEND-ES-SCAPE_02, The Fifth China International Architectural Biennial, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg M. Rocker

The Jury Committee comprised of Cui Kai, Architect, China / Song Jianming, artist, China / Liu Kecheng, architect, China / Zhu Pei, architect, China / Xu Bing, artist, China / Zhang Xin, developer, China / Olafur Eliasson, artist, Denmark / Sheila O’ Donnell, architect, Ireland / Mack Scogin, architect, USA / Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator, Swiss / Joshua Prince-Ramus, architect, USA

For more information please visit: www.ciab.com.cn

Rocker – Lange’s work in Masterplanning the Adaptive City

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Rocker-Lange’s project “Density & Openness Revisited”: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong will be published in the forthcoming book “Masterplanning the Adaptive City”. The book which is edited by Tom Verebes is about computational urbanism in the Twenty-First Century and will be published on 12th August 2013 by Routledge.

Masterplanning the adaptive city, Tom Verebes, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker

Abstract of the book:
“Computational design has become widely accepted into mainstream architecture, but this is the first book to advocate applying it to create adaptable masterplans for rapid urban growth, urban heterogeneity, through computational urbanism. Practitioners and researchers here discuss ideas from the fields of architecture, urbanism, the natural sciences, computer science, economics, and mathematics to find solutions for managing urban change in Asia and developing countries throughout the world. Divided into four parts (historical and theoretical background, our current situation, methodologies, and prototypical practices), the book includes a series of essays, interviews, built case studies, and original research to accompany chapters written by editor Tom Verebes to give you the most comprehensive overview of this approach.”

Essays by Marina Lathouri, Jorge Fiori, Jonathan Solomon, Patrik Schumacher, Peter Trummer, and David Jason Gerber.

Interviews with Dana Cuff, Xu Wei Guo, Matthew Prior, Tom Barker, Su Yunsheng, and Brett Steele.

Built case studies by Zaha Hadid Architects, James Corner Field Operations, XWG Studio, MAD, OCEAN Consultancy Network, Plasma Studio, Groundlab, Peter Trummer, Serie Architects, dotA, and Rocker-Lange Architects.

For more information please visit: http://www.routledge.com/

Rocker Lange’s Villa “Inside Out | Outside In” in Ai Weiwei’s exhibit ORDOS, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The show is on view from June 22 till September 29, 2013.
For details please go to Galleria Continua

RLA_ORDOS100_Galleria-Con1, Rocker Lange Architects, Ordos 100

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Rocker Lange’s Villa “Inside Out | Outside In” in Ai Weiwei’s exhibit ORDOS, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

The show is on view from October 27 till February 16, 2013.
For details please go to Galleria Continua

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“Urban Adapter” – New Urban Street Furniture for Hong Kong

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rocker Lange Architects are participating in this year’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen bi-city biennale with their proposal for a new urban furniture concept.

Urban Adapter, detail, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange, Urban furniture, sculpture bench

Hong Kong’s urban furniture contains multiple functional objects. Each of them belongs to a different set of formal expression or is part of a different style. While variation is obvious in the style mix of Hong Kong’s public furniture, there is a lack of uniformity in the formal expression that could foster a unique Hong Kong identity..


Urban Adapter, Urban furniture, parametric bench, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange, sculpture bench

This design proposal for a contemporary city bench seeks to understand the concept of street furniture as a holistic design problem. Instead of offering only one single static design, this scheme suggests multiple varying solutions that meet specific fitness criteria.
Urban Adapter, Parametric Prototype, sculptural bench, family, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange, sculpture bench The project “Urban Adapter” is based on a digital parametric model. At its core the model utilizes explicit site information and programmatic data to react and interact with its environment. That way the model’s DNA structure is capable of producing a variety of unique furniture results. Together they generate an endless family of new urban bench furniture.

Urban Adapter, Parametric Prototype, Urban furniture, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J LangeRather than having a fixed form the members of the family can adapt to different site conditions and programmatic needs. While all of the designs have the ability to serve as a seating element, some have additional programmatic values added, such as recycling containers, flower buckets or billboards serving for advertisement or educational purposes. The generated functional surface invites the user to new seating and communication arrangements and establishes a unique identity for the urban space of Hong Kong.

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