PENDA WAS ESTABLISHED 2012 BY CHRIS PRECHT (FORMER OFFICE PRECHTECK) AND DAYONG SUN (PE AND DA = PENDA).THEY ARE LOCATED IN VIENNA AND BEIJING. THEIR CREDO IS TO SEE ARCHITECTURE AS A STATEMENT THAT ALWAYS STARTS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT AND THE CONTEXT, ABOUT IDENTITY, DENSITY AND THE COMMUNITY OF A SPECIFIC SITE.
THEY HAVE FEW AMAZING AND OUT OF BOX PROJECTS. THE WAY OF PRESENTING WITH MONO CHROMETIC 3D S OR WITH MODEL ARE VERY INTERESTING. USE OF MATERIAL, BAMBOO AND WOOD IS ALSO INTERESTING. AT SCALE OF BUILDING ALSO THAT DETAILS ARE VISIBLE. WHICH PRESENT SINGLE IDEA FROM PART TO THE WHOLE. HERE ARE FEW EXAMPLES OF THEIR WORKS.
TEXT BY PENDA:
One with the birds Our design for the AIM ‘legend of tent’ competition is driven by 3 main principles: an ecological understanding of the project, a flexible structure, which can be adept to different surroundings and creating a comfortable atmosphere in a unique environment.
the design uses natural and local materials as a structural element. The focus was to create a connection which leaves no impact on the site, nor any harm on the bamboo itself, so after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the materials can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.
The structure is inspired by the tipis of native americans, which didnt leave any harm on the site, nor on the material itself, because the joints were connected with ropes, so the tents were easy to construct, deconstruct and carried. A truly flexible system.
Hiking through the woods, one is normally surrounded by treetrunks, lacking a sense of orientation and visibility. When we were kids, we used to experience our environment differently. We used to connect to nature in a more direct way, climbing trees, enjoying unique views and exporing a different wildlife. We were connected to our environment in a 3 dimensional way. We were one with the birds…
This feeling of leaving city-life behind and getting connected to nature and experiencing our natural environment is the driving idea of our proposal.
With a flexible structural system and connected it with comfortable spaces, we have the opportunity to create a variety of buildings of different sizes. depending on the needs, the size and amount can grow: from single rooms to a family structure, to a size of a clubhouse or even up to larger scales, which fombine more functions of a typical hotel like a lobby or restaurant within one structure.
All is depending on the needs and on the demands, but each building connects in a very responsible diaglog to our natural environment.
House O The project describes a small garden-house for a famous chinese wood-artist in Beijing. The doughnut-like form was inspired by a cross section of a treetrunk and translates the daily routine of the artist into a functional program of the house.
Located within its center is a courtyard space that links the levels of the house with an oculus shines down upon a spiraling staircase.
Around this focal point, in order to keep the form within a minimized footprint, the decision to manipulate the verticality of the structure allowed us to decipher where public and private programs should be located in relation to the amount of sunlight they should receive. The transfer of fluorescence is achieved through a slight gestural lift towards the south, creating an undulating surface that is visible in elevation. The act simultaneously creates a wave of glazing for the submerged kitchen and hierarchically places the master bedroom at the top of the second floor. here, the client is able to relax as privacy is created through a rhythmic use of wooden louvers that obstruct views into his personal space.
Gardenhouse The ‘Gardenhouse’ describes a single family house, which connects its residents to the surrounding landscape. The design is defined by a structural grid, which works as a sunshade to the inside and as a connecting element of balkonies and vertical gardens to the outside.
The main functions of the house are oriented in a spiral-shaped system, having the more public areas on the lower part and the private bedrooms with a connection to a larger roof garden on the top.
Hongkun Art Gallery / Art Arcadion Located on the southern 3rd ring road in Beijing, the white exterior of the Hongkun Art Gallery works a sculptural focal point for the area. Entering the gallery through an opening in the monolithic facade, the arch-like curves continue to the interior and gently merge into a clean white space for exhibiting the artworks. The open areas in the gallery offer a wide space for themed exhibition, while the gently curved entrance part draws people into the space and guides them naturally further into the gallery. The solid expression of the exterior countinually merges with a carved out interior and increases the sculptural appearance of the gallery. Multiple arches altering in size and orientation create a continuous, gentle curve which becomes a sculptural interpretation of the landscape paintings, that are exhibited in the gallery. Within the arches, the entrance sculpture inhabites an information desk, a coatroom and the main circulation staircase, which guides visitors to the basement with a special exbition hall and employees to the office area located on the mezzanin level.