Tuesday, October 29, 2013


We recently have been commissioned to design an extension to our office project in Shenzhen SZXC in form of a VIP Club with Wine Bar and Tea area. The project will go into construction early next year. 

The project is sought to be a meeting place for clients beyond the office atmosphere, a more casual lounge for the after business meetings. The project will complete the program of the office as an holistic operational environment - even beyond the working hours.

Team: Ulrich Kirchhoff, Louise Low, Claudia Wigger, Isabella Ducoli, Eugenio Fontan, Jorge Gil Suarez, Satoshi Yamada

© 2013, ice - ideas for contemporary environments

Construction Log SYH

We love construction sites! Last time we went to site, the basement was excavated and the pile heads done. Two months later we are seeing the ground floor covered, just before winter will halt construction.

The project is our winning entry for a 90,000 sqm luxury hotel in Shenyang, featuring the one of the larges free spanning ballrooms in China. We are part of a larger consortium (larger means also larger problems, not necessarily better solutions), responsible for the partial design of the architecture, all facades as well as all interiors. The bumpy road gets rewarded by such site visits where you see beside the massive construction problems also the immense large scale of the project - and our ideas becoming real. 

The first picture is the overview of the entire ground, second picture is taken inside the main hotel core. And the third picture is taken from the drop off looking into the lobby area.

If nothing goes wrong, the superstructure will be up to the top floor (25 floors) by middle of next year. The facade should be finished before the end of 2014. And opening will be in 2015.

Team: Ulrich Kirchhoff, Louise Low, Claudia Wigger, Jorge Benetirez, Matteo Biasiolo, Celine Clivaz, Agnieszka Drankowska, Isabella Ducoli, Eugenio Fontan, Sevan Spiess,  Jorge Gil Suarez, Satoshi Yamada, Yue Zhang

© 2013, ice - ideas for contemporary environments