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Ai Weiwei – Chinese artist : Architecture

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post updated 28 Apr 2021

Recent Architecural Project by Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery 2012 Pavilion, Hyde Park, West London, England, UK
Herzog and de Meuron / Ai Weiwei
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 London by Herzog and de Meuron with Ai Weiwei
photo © 2012 Iwan Baan
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – 7 Feb 2012
Four years after designing the spectacular Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron are to reunite for a London 2012 project.
The Serpentine Gallery announced today that the Beijing team would collaborate once more to design this year’s pavilion – the 12th commission in what has become a major annual event on the architecture calendar.

23 Jun 2011

Ai Weiwei News

Police have freed the artist’s cousin after granting the artist bail himself.

The artist with rockstar Zuoxiao Zuzhou in the elevator when taken in custody by the police, China, August 2009:
Ai Weiwei with Zuoxiao Zuzhou
photo from NAI

The artist was released on bail on Wednesday night after 81 days of detention “because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes” and a chronic illness, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Three friends and associates remain in police custody. The Xinhua report on Ai’s release cited police claims that a company controlled by the artist had evaded a huge amount of tax and intentionally destroyed accounting documents. It said the decision to grant bail reflected the fact he had repeatedly said he was willing to pay the taxes.

But Ai’s family believe the accusations are retaliation for his social and political activism and that those connected to him – friends and colleagues – have been drawn in.

Ai Weiwei Architecture

Sanctuary Estanzuela, Ruta del Peregrino, Mexico
Date built: 2011
Design: with Fake Design
Ruta del Peregrino design by Ai Weiwei
image : Iwan Baan
Ai Weiwei project in Mexico – 11 May 2011

Artfarm, Salt Point, New York, USA
Date built: 2008
Design with HHF architects
Artfarm Salt Point design by Ai Weiwei with HHF Artfarm Salt Point Artfarm Salt Point Artfarm Salt Point design by Ai Weiwei
photos from architects
Ai Weiwei American Project
The Artfarm is located near Salt Point in upstate New York (1.5h drive from the City), on the site of an existing private residence, built in the 80ies. The client is an art collector and owner of Chambers Fine Art, a well known gallery located in New York City and Beijing and which is specialized in contemporary chinese art.

10 Jun 2011

Installation at Netherlands Architecture Institute

daringdesign – Chinese and Dutch designers with guts
1 Jul – 20 Nov
NAI Building Rotterdam
Netherlands Architecture Institute image : A2 Studio
Ai Weiwei Installation – daringdesign : Dutch architecture exhibition
From China: Ai Weiwei (architect/artist), Urbanus (firm of architects), TO MEET YOU (graphic design agency) and Ma Ke (fashion designer).
From the Netherlands: Rem Koolhaas/OMA (firm of architects), Hella Jongerius (product designer), Alexander van Slobbe (fashion designer), and Irma Boom (graphic designer).
Ordos 100, Inner Mongolia, China
Date built:-
Ordos 100 Villa
image from architect
Project led by Swiss architect studio Herzog & de Meuron
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering
100 ‘up-and-coming’ architects from around the world to design 100 villas in 100 days
The Ordos 100 Masterplan is by this artist.

We feature various Ordos 100 villas on e-architect : Inner Mongolian Architecture. Note that Inner Mongolia is part of China, rather than being part of Mongolia.

Location: Beijing, China

Artist Project

The artist was born in 1957 in Beijing, China. His location varies, between Beijing and Los Angeles, USA.

Chinese Buildings

Bird’s Nest – Chinese National Stadium Building
Design: Arup, Herzog & De Meuron, China Architecture Design & Research Group
Birds Nest Beijing
photo © Arup_Ben McMillan
Birds Nest Beijing

Website: Architectural Walking Tours

Chinese Architects

Artfarm Salt Point, New York, designed with HHF architects:
Artfarm Salt Point
picture from architect

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