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In pictures: RIBA launches Shanghai windows

Carl Turner, UN Studio and NEX are among the practices to have created window displays for shops and restaurants in Shanghai as part of the RIBA Windows project

The ten practices which were commissioned to create installations are London-based Carl Turner Architects, Delvendahl Martin Architects, Divercity, Gundry & Ducker Architecture, Haptic, Markus Jatsch Partners, Mamou-Mani with Arup Associates, NaganJohnson, Nex, and Hong Kong-based Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design (LEAD),

Manser Medal-winner Carl Turner, has worked for Moleskine creating a city skyline using laser cut and layered Moleskine notebooks, while the international practice UN Studio was commissioned to create a gateway to the Xintiandi mall.

The RIBA Windows project partners architects with fashion brands, retailers and restaurants giving opportunities to create architectural installations in and around shop windows in the Xintiandi shopping district of Shanghai.

The project which is now in its second year in Shanghai, was initially introduced on London’s Regent Street five years ago.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder commented: ‘The RIBA Windows in Shanghai is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the imagination, invention and vision of the selected ten practices and British architecture. It also presents a vehicle for the practices to promote themselves and establish connections in China. The project has been delivered with generous support of the British Council and developers, Shui On Land, together with RIBA London region.

‘To witness the RIBA brand on banners, and interviews with the participating architects on giant screens in the streets of Xintiandi was quite extraordinary’.

The installations will be on display throughout the Xintiandi district of Shanghai until the 5 May.

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