Robotic Fabrication Lab @ HKU

October 30th, 2016 by admin

For the past year Christian J. Lange has been working on the set up of the new robotics lab at the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. The lab was recently installed and consists of two ABB industrial robots, a rotational table and various end-effectors.

In an environment with rapidly growing cities, the robotic fabrication lab has its emphasis on the discovery of new methods, techniques and material assembly systems that have a meaningful and sustainable impact on the high-density build environment in the context of Hong Kong and Asia.

Currently Lange is teaching a March I studio focusing on the opportunities of robotic fabrication in traditional timber construction techniques that are specific to the Asian context. Below are some photos of the recent midterm presentation.

robotic fabrication lab, HKU, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, China, Christian Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

robotic intervention, studio Christian Lange, HKU, Department of Architecture

robotic intervention midterm 2016, Christian Lange

Robotic Fabrication Studio The University of Hong Kong

Reciprocal Timber Structures – outcomes of recent Robotic Fabrication workshop

August 15th, 2016 by admin

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.

robotic fabrication, China, The University of Hong Kong, reciprocal structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects, Donn Holohan

robotic architecture, Asia, Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, HKU, reciprocal structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects, Donn Holohan

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


Christian J. Lange
Donn Holohan

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


H | Residence in SCMP’s Post Magazine

July 25th, 2016 by admin

We are delighted to share the recent coverage of our H | Residence project in South China Morning Post’s Magazine. Journalist Adele Brunner writes “German who lectures at University of Hong Kong turned a flat in a walk-up building in Sai Ying Pun into a clutter-free retreat, with picture windows for a ‘glass house’ feel that lets in some of the bustle of the streets”.

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scmp_HK_2017,South China Morning Post, Hong Kong apartment

Cities of Repetition on show in Shenzhen

July 10th, 2016 by admin

The Cities of Repetition project, a collaboration between Christian J. Lange and Jason F. Carlow is on show in the exhibit Rural-Urban Re-Inventions: Bridging The Gap between China’s Cities and Countryside. The exhibition is curated by Cliff Pearson and Gary Paige and will take place at the Shenzhen Public Art Center, Block A, Shenzhen Sculpture Academy, No.8 Zhongkang Road. The opening of the show will be on July 29th 2016 @ 18:00.
Shenzhen exhibit, Cities of Repetition, Christian J. Lange, Jason Carlow





Symposium @ AA Shanghai Visiting School 2016

June 26th, 2016 by admin

Christian J. Lange will participate and present recent work in the AA Visiting School symposium in Shanghai. Speakers include this year Stefan AL, Duangrit BUNNAG, Anthony BURKE, Eva CASTRO, Thomas DANIELL, Matias DEL CAMPO, Tarsha FINNEY, GAO Yan, Yosuke HAYANO, Sand HELSEL, Alvin HUANG, Garett HWANG, Hina JAMELLE, Holger KEHNE, Jerry KU, Christian J. LANGE, Neil LEACH , Anderson LEE, Sandra MANNINGER, Neville MARS, Yusuke, Satoshi OHASHI, Christopher PIERCE, Ali RAHIM, Francois ROCHE, Daan ROGGEVEEN, Patrik SCHUMACHER, Michael SORKIN, SU Yunsheng, Philip VERNON Richard Wei-Tse WANG & Stephen W. WANG The event will be moderated by Tom Verebes. The event will take place on July 19th & 20th at the Shanghai Study Centre.


Robotic Intervention – Fabrication & Building Workshop

May 19th, 2016 by admin

Christian J. Lange will be teaching a Summer workshop on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong.The program will take place from June 20th through June 26th 2016

.robotic fabrication, Hong Kong, China, Christian J. Lange, Donn Holohan, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture


Robotics in Architecture is a relatively young subject within contemporary design practice. At the Faculty of Architecture we are currently building up a Research Lab that will be dedicated to this new research field. In an environment with rapidly growing cities, the lab will have its emphasis on the discovery of new methods, techniques and material assembly systems that have a meaningful and sustainable impact on Architecture and the context of Hong Kong and the PRD.

The summer workshop “Robotic Intervention” will focus on traditional techniques of timber construction and will be a first test for a novel production method with robotic aid. Participants are invited to investigate on the relationship between material, geometry, computation and robotic fabrication through the design and making of a prototypical structure.

The workshop comprises of a research component on traditional timber material systems, a series of exercises on computational design and robotic fabrication techniques and will culminate in the construction of a 1:1 scale architectural intervention. The workshop will not only increase the student’s architectural skillset to build a structure in real scale, it primarily aims to open up the student’s understanding of the emerging creative uses of Robotics in Architecture.

– Workshop on Robotics in Architecture.
– Research on traditional timber construction systems
– Computational workshop on component based assembly structures.
– Fabrication and installation of a 1:1 scale intervention at HKU.

Set Up:
Hardware: 1 x ABB IRB 1600
Software: Rhino, Grasshopper, HAL

Previous knowledge required:
Medium level experience on Rhino & Grasshopper

12 students of the Faculty of Architecture, HKU, led by
Christian J. Lange, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, FoA
Donn Holohan, Assistant Lecturer – Fabrication Manager, FoA

The program is open to all fulltime students registered in the BAAS, March, MLA, MPhil and PHD programs in the Department of Architecture. Interested applicants should send a one page CV to the BAAS secretary Angela Ting by June 11th.



H | Residence – Living inside out | in the city

April 22nd, 2016 by admin

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.

H-residence, rocker-lange architects, minimal design, minimalism, modern minimal interior apartment design Hong Kong

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:–residence/

AD Launch event @ Shenzhen Biennale

December 5th, 2015 by admin

Christian J. Lange will give a presentation of Rocker-Lange’s Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism project at the Shenzhen Biennale. The presentation is part of the launch event of the ‘Mass-Cutomised Cities’ issue of AD, guest-edited by Tom Verebes. Presentations & panel discussions taking place on December 7th at 3.30 pm at the Auditorium. Participants include: Donald Bates, Aaron Betsky, David Erdman, Colin Fornier, Holger Kehne, Areti Markopoulou, Tom Verebes & Philip Yuan Feng.

SZ biennale launch of AD Mass Customised Cities, Donald Bates, David Erdman, Colin Fournier, Holger Kehne, Hubert Klumpner, Christian Lange, Areti Markopoulou, Tom Verebes, Philip Yuan Feng

Rocker-Lange Architects featured in the new AD, ‘Mass-Customized Cities’

November 20th, 2015 by admin

Rocker-Lange Architects’s Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism project is featured in the latest issue of AD. Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, the issue includes work by Buro Happold, David Clovers, Arup, Gramazio Kohler, Rocker-Lange Architects, Michael Bell, Elena Manferdini, Neil Leach and interviews with Mark Burry and Kenneth Frampton & and many more.

Architectural Design (AD), Rocker Lange Architects, Tom Verebes, Christian J. Lange

Rocker-Lange @ ACADIA 2015

October 13th, 2015 by admin

Rocker Lange’s project “Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism” is part of this year’s exhibit at ACADIA 2015 in Cincinatti, Ohio.

ACADIA 2015, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J Lange

For more information about the conference please visit: