My name is Damian Donze, I was working (2011-2014) working as an Architect for the Tongji Architectural Design Institute in Shanghai, China. I am writing this blog to make my views about architecture public and to have a platform to present my work.
I quit my job on the 14th of March to travel China for a year. I, therefore, won’t be updating this blog very much. Instead, I opened another blog for my travel.
Once again one of my project Architectural Creation Award of TJAD. This time it is the Hebei University of Technology Library which is currently in the construction documents phase while early construction has already begun.
As I posted earlier this year, my boss found out that I can make animations. Well, I have done a few more by now, and I feel that my skill evolved a bit so I decided to share these two videos I did recently.
It’s been a long time since I wrote something about my views on architecture. One reason for that is, because I was busy doing many competitions but another one is that I found it hard to put this subject into words. However, I recently read the article below on Archdaily which pretty much states what I was planning on writing.
It’s all about the big question…what is the purpose in architecture? What or who do we design for? Should we design for the Continue reading →
Although, it is most likely getting changed again soon, I felt like sharing this. For one of the competitions I won (Beijing Agriculture University Library) we adjusted the facade a little bit so that it could be scanned by a smart phone. All you need is a barcode scanner on your phone, which has become quite common to have, and you can scan the facade of the building. If you scan it, your phone will read the following: http://www.cau.edu.cn which will bring you automatically to the website of the university. You are welcome to try it (top part works better).
A recent competition I did for The Shanghai University. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to win the project but got second place. As the name suggests, the project was located in Shanghai, included 6 building and had a total area of 66’000m2. The main focus Continue reading →
Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Located in the core area of Kunming Chenggong New C.B.D, the main challenge for the design of the Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center was to integrate the local cultures plus various functional programs into one contemporary yet harmonious form. Designed by team members Wang Wensheng, Damian Donze and Sidney Gong of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their winning proposal takes on an abstract path to integrate the local cultures. More images and architects’ description after the break. Continue reading →
I am happy to write about my latest competition I did which, again, managed to become the winning project. It was a competition for a culture and art center in Kunming, China with more than 10 competitors including renown companies such as OMA and Tsinghua. The center has a total of Continue reading →
Designers take cues from surroundings to create a library that will be the center point of a new campus for one of China’s oldest universities.
July 2, 2013—One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China, the Hebei University of Technology, is building a new campus in the Beichen district of Tianjin (Tientsin). At its center will be an expansive library that will mimic and blend the area’s existing architectural styles in a decidedly modern way.
The 45,000 m2 library will be aligned perpendicular to the campus’s north and south access points and be visible from a distance in every direction. It will be 40 m tall and have nine levels, eight of them aboveground and Continue reading →
My boss has discovered that I know how to make animations, and now I have a second occupation next to architecture. Here two animations I made for my company. The first animation was for a governmental office complex in Fengxian, Shanghai. It’s not my project, but I joined it for a little while to improve the design a little bit…especially in terms of facade. The second animation was for a competition for a Toyota center in Tianjing. Architecturally, I had nothing to do with it, I just made the animation.