UNStudio Celebrates their Newly Renovated Shanghai Office with a Knowledge Exchange ‘Salone’ UNStudio Celebrates their Newly Renovated Shanghai Office with a Knowledge Exchange ‘Salone’
News - 3 April 2024

UNStudio Celebrates their Newly Renovated Shanghai Office with a Knowledge Exchange ‘Salone’

UNStudio celebrated their newly renovated Shanghai office with a salone attended by their clients, colleagues, partners and the media. At this event, UNStudio presented their latest research, insights and projects, while expressing their gratitude for the long-term support and collaboration of their guests. In addition, UNStudio conveyed their continual commitment to the Chinese market and their dedication to working and to giving back to the local community.

Ben van Berkel, Founder and Principal Architect of UNStudio and Hannes Pfau, UNStudio Partner and Managing Director of UNStudio Asia, opened the event with words of appreciation for their host city and their guests. Ben highlighted this with a lecture themed ‘Designing with the Future in Mind’, after which he opened the panel discussion with the esteemed panelists Prof. Dong Yi, Tongji University, Vanke SP Mr. Eric Zhang and former Managing Director Mr. Lu Feng, CITIC Capital. Garett Hwang, Director of UNStudio, moderated the discussion.

Hannes Pfau said, “It's such a great pleasure to see so many members of our ‘family’ here today. We have been doing so many projects over a long period of time as a family and have been growing together. We very much want to be part of the knowledge community and share knowledge within China. We also want to continue to work here on many different levels…after 15 years, we still remain committed to this market.

Ben van Berkel expressed, “I am very happy to see you all again here. There are so many wonderful clients and friends here today celebrating with us…Thank you for joining us today and for being part of the family, alongside our wonderful team here in Shanghai.

In his lecture, Ben shared strategies for constant transformation and innovation within several global practices and discussed the importance of health and sustainability in the built environment. “We strongly believe that we should work with the future in mind. There are important discussions taking place about how we, as architects and designers, can create environments where people communicate more with each other and create truly bonded communities. We also need to become more sustainable in our architecture and truly dedicate our profession to reducing the carbon footprint of our projects. But it is also essential that we continue to consider the impact of indoor environments on the users of the buildings we design.

Last July, UNStudio celebrated the renovation of its Hong Kong office with a house-warming party. The recent upgrade of their Shanghai office, alongside the organisation of the Salone, further signifies UNStudio Asia's continued commitment to investing in the local market, their mission to improve the quality of architecture, cities and urban life, alongside their dedication to creating a more sustainable and healthy built environment.

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UNStudio Asia

UNStudio Asia was established in 2010, with the first office located in Shanghai, followed by the inception of the Hong Kong office in 2014. With 35 years of international project experience, UNStudio has developed a highly flexible methodological approach, incorporating parametric design and collaborations with leading specialists in other disciplines to continually expanded its capabilities and grow an extensive network of consultants, partners, and advisors across the globe.