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Xiang Ren and Jing Qiao

Studio 21 二十一

http://www.projectx21.com/

Sheffield, United Kingdom
STUDIO 21 二十一 is a design-led studio based in Sheffield UK, exploring the mix of material, space, building and urban realm as a coherent whole through drawing, making and publishing. Founding members teach architectural history, theory and design at universities, which in turn enrich design and research projects at work.

Call for ideas 2021

Architecture of Nearness


an adaptable landscape of care in a socially-distancing post-pandemic world

Architecture of Nearness


an adaptable landscape of care in a socially-distancing post-pandemic world
An adaptable architectural prototype (6F, 15,000sqm) post COVID-19 to make users socially connected and mentally closer
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  • Systemic changes

This project suggests a familiar yet COVID-secured spatial organisation for a multi-storey public building, being an office or a school, horizontally developed and vertically blurred by an internal social-stair-landscape, without relying on using vertical mechanical instruments like lifts as before the global pandemic, but with a reclaimed emphasise on human contact and care in the post-pandemic world. The 9m*9m grid system in prefab materials, restrained by each site boundary and potential underground carpark, lightly touches the land and allows the familiarity and flexibility of the space by different user groups and under different conditions of different urban landscapes.


Architecture of Nearness


an adaptable landscape of care in a socially-distancing post-pandemic world

Architecture of Nearness


an adaptable landscape of care in a socially-distancing post-pandemic world
An adaptable architectural prototype (6F, 15,000sqm) post COVID-19 to make users socially connected and mentally closer
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

This project suggests a familiar yet COVID-secured spatial organisation for a multi-storey public building, being an office or a school, horizontally developed and vertically blurred by an internal social-stair-landscape, without relying on using vertical mechanical instruments like lifts as before the global pandemic, but with a reclaimed emphasise on human contact and care in the post-pandemic world. The 9m*9m grid system in prefab materials, restrained by each site boundary and potential underground carpark, lightly touches the land and allows the familiarity and flexibility of the space by different user groups and under different conditions of different urban landscapes.



Idea by

Xiang Ren and Jing Qiao
Studio 21 二十一
Sheffield
United Kingdom
STUDIO 21 二十一 is a design-led studio based in Sheffield UK, exploring the mix of material, space, building and urban realm as a coherent whole through drawing, making and publishing. Founding members teach architectural history, theory and design at universities, which in turn enrich design and research projects at work.