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London's OAC reveals masterplan for huge Chinese cultural scheme

London-based Office for Architectural Culture (OAC) is hoping to bag more work in the Far East after revealing plans for a huge cultural scheme in China

The practice recently completed the masterplan and architectural concept for a 650,000m² cultural scheme on the southern island of Hainan, China.

The Tanmen International Oceanic Fishing Culture Centre and Museums project for client the Yujiao Cultural & Tourist Development was won following an invited competition in 2011.

OAC founder and design director Charles Phu said the practice hoped to further its involvement on the scheme.

‘We fly to China on Monday to meet the client and talk about the next stages,’ he told AJ. ‘We hope to continue some involvement.’

OAC is also designing the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre near Xi’an for client Quijang Group.

This 1.25 million m² scheme will include a forest, four museums, several halls and large venues for meditation. It is to be developed on the site of an almost 2,000-year-old Buddhist temple.

It will also feature a Buddhist academy, an art complex, a music complex, a concert hall, two 5-star hotels and more than 1,000 meditation lodges.

Phu said: ‘These are our two largest schemes in China, and we are looking at several other large prospects – we will meet the clients on this trip.’

The fledgling practice has less than 10 members of staff and Phu said its project wins were a credit to them.

‘It has been quite an achievement,’ he said. ‘If we take on more large projects, we will need more people.

‘We are not after rapid growth but gradual growth would be healthy.’

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  • roger whiteman

    Roger Whiteman of beside design was instrumental in this international competition winning scheme for the Tanmen International Oceanic Fishing Culture Centre and Museums project providing management assistance and business guidance and continues to support OAC in the development of the design and in its search for additional work in China

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