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Architects for third RIBA Shanghai windows project revealed

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RIBA has revealed the ten practices taking part in this year’s window project in Shanghai

Now in its third year, the project pairs RIBA chartered architects with local and international retailers in Shanghai to create window installations for the prosperous Xintiandi shopping and entertainment district.

The architects taking part this year include Squire and Partners, Mobile Studio, Arup Associates, and RCKa.

Two practices who were selected for the AJ’s 40 under 40 list in 2005 have also made the list – Draisci Studio and Amin Taha Architects.

The full list of architects

Draisci Studio for Barcodes
‘Faceted blocks that smile and seem to come alive with eyewear on’

CTHM and I-N-D-J studio for Fountain
‘An ethereal river of light that seemingly floats, flows and falls from the upper windows of a restaurant’

Mobile Studio Architects for Giftique
‘Draws upon the meteorological qualities of the season and will coincide with the launch of a new green tea’

Squire and Partners for Maria Luisa
‘Distorted hand crafted marble sculptures have been inspired by the artistic process of creation and decay’

Edwards Moore for Matchbox
‘An aluminium chamber that will lead visitors to the interior of the store via a fluid-like reflective floor’

Opensystems for NN
‘A sculptural installation which resembles  primitive crystalline formations and marks the entrance of the store’

Urban Systems for PH7
‘References material systems in nature and is fabricated using low-cost and 3D-printing technologies, using a bio-degradable plastic made from renewable resources’

Arup Associates for Pizza Express
‘An outdoor installation that celebrates the art of pizza making - motion of stretching the pizza dough for Pizza Express’s 50th anniversary’

Amin Taha Architects for Rubis Spa
‘Will flood the spa podium lobby to chest height, capturing the blue mountain lakes of Switzerland where Rubis SPA was born’

RCKa for Tayohoa
‘Will create a cathedral like entrance to the busy home wear store, redesigning the space with an optical illusion using the brands own knitted vinyl products’ 

RIBA London interim director Owen Wainhouse commented: ‘This year many of our architects have taken their inspiration from the rich natural history and geography of China and are collaborating with local artisans and artists to create stunning installations for the city.

‘This is a great opportunity for our participating members to showcase their skills and ideas in one of the most desirable retail and entertainment locations in China, during the exhibition run our architects work will be seen by over one million people. RIBA London are working hard to support our members, this project will help them gain experience of working in China and help fuel the strong international demand for British architecture and design.’

The project was initially introduced on London’s Regent Street six years ago.

RIBA Shanghai windows will open on 2 April.

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