HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2016
February 7, 2016
Reveal For Eight-Story, Six-Unit Condo Building At 435 West 19th Street, Chelsea
July 23, 2015
Renderings have surfaced of Six Sigma’s planned eight-story, six-unit condominium building at 435 West 19th Street, in Chelsea.
China Institute Moving to Larger Home in Lower Manhattan
July 9, 2015
The China Institute — which calls itself the nation’s oldest educational institution devoted solely to Chinese culture — is moving to Lower Manhattan from the Upper East Side.
A NEW HOME FOR CHINA INSTITUTE
June 15, 2015
China Institute, the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China, will be moving from its current location on 125 East 65th Street to a new home near the World Trade Center Memorial Park. The new location will occupy 30,000sf on two floors of an existing office building. It will expand on China Institute’s growing Chinese language class program as well as its renowned art gallery exhibitions and lecture series The project will be phased, with administrative offices, state of the art classrooms and gallery/pre function areas to be completed first and followed by a large ground floor multifunction hall with cafe, bookstore, and performance stage later next year. The two phases will ultimately be connected by a two story glass and stainless steel façade with a spectacular glass exterior elevator that will fittingly serve as the iconic entrance for the entire project. The project will be seeking LEED silver status and will employ local artisans as well authentic Chinese sourced decorative products as part of its interior fit out.
B32 TOWER FORGES AHEAD IN SÃO PAULO
June 15, 2015
Construction is well under way for the 58,000 sq. meter office tower and the 2,000 sq. meter mixed-use building on Faria Lima Avenue in São Paulo. The buildings are designed to create an urban space with the two buildings facing and defining the public plaza. The office tower will be all-glass façade with unique geometry of a simple but compelling shape. The typical buildings along Faria Lima Avenue are rectangular blocks turning flat façade towards the street. To break this repetitive monotony we positioned the street facades angular to the avenue and combine the pointy geometry with an efficient rectangular floor plan behind. The angular facades create two small entry plazas along the avenue and the overall building shape addresses the unusually large plaza to the south and the drop-off to the north. As the building rises the floor plan continuously changes from a six-sided base to a rectangular plan at the top of parapet while keeping an almost uniform floor plate of 2000 sq. meters as the program required. The north and south facades rise perpendicular from the ground while the facades of the diagonal ends at the east and west are tilting in and tilting out to mediate between the two geometries. The dynamic shape of the inclined facades gives the tower more presence along Faria Lima and stresses the unique quality even more. To emphasize the pristine geometry of the tower as a large monolithic glass crystal, the crisp edges of the tower are lined with metal bands.
BRUNEI – PROMOTING CULTURAL HERITAGE
June 15, 2015
BALAI PAMERAN ISLAM SULTAN - HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI A milestone was reached on May 27, 2015 as HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam laid the foundation for the new Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Islamic Exhibition Gallery building. His Majesty, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is dedicating this museum to house his personal collection of artifacts, manuscripts and Korans. A research center will also be included, intended to be a major repository for the collection, study and dissemination of scholarly Islamic work. The prominently located site is approached by a ceremonial ramp that leads visitors to an entry courtyard flanked by four 60-meter-high light towers. The towers, which echo local minaret designs, are visible landmarks from afar both day and night when they are lit from within. The atrium recalls many of the large prayer halls in local mosques yet maintains a distinctively public appearance with a large multi-story glass wall enclosure and translucent glass bridges spanning the south end of the space.
LI CHUNG PEI'S ARCHITECTURE
June 15, 2015
By Weng T'ai Sheng, Wei Pi Chou & Chu Tse Jen World Journal, 1/19/2015 In an earlier interview this year by World Journal, Li Chung (Sandi) Pei, youngest son of world renowned architect I. M. Pei, and in his own right a well accomplished architect, shares his thoughts on educating new Chinese developers about design excellence and he also updates us on his current work and industry involvement. WJ: For your upcoming trip to China, where will you visit? L. C. Pei: I will be speaking at a real estate conference summit in Shanghai, where over 4000 participants will be attending. After that I will be heading to Suzhou to visit our Bank of China headquarters project, which is nearing completion, to review the status of construction and to ask for payment (laughs). WJ: What are you speaking about at the real estate summit in Shanghai? L. C. Pei: I will be talking about three topics: First is the development of the architectural business in China over the past three decades, the second will be a comparison of project delivery practices between the U.S. and China, and the last will be focused on my work and that of the firm. The construction industry in China has changed tremendously; now there are Asian developers coming to America-- this is a major change and a reflection both of the wealth and importance of China to drive the world’s economy. In the past it was western architects working in China, today it is foreign investors (Chinese, Korean, Russian) coming to America as major investors, and they travel everywhere in search of trophy properties. WJ: Is this like the Bank of China purchasing 7 Bryant Park in Midtown New York for $600 million? L. C. Pei: That is a very good example. The Chinese are not only purchasing buildings, but they are also investors in land developments. The news of Anbang Insurance Group of China purchasing the Waldorf Astoria is big news, however, that is a pre-existing building. Significantly, there are many Chinese companies starting large ground-up projects. WJ: Are you participating in these projects? L. C. Pei: Possibly, but it is too early to disclose at the moment. This is a very interesting time, the source of capital is shifting from the West to China, and the Cultural Revolution just ended almost 40 years ago. WJ: You currently have 4 projects in China, correct? L. C. Pei: Actually we have 6 projects in China underway, each at different stages. A few are under construction, while others are proceeding through stages of design documentation. We are also aware of potential opportunities, all challenging and requiring levels of expertise that we can provide. For us, the initial design concept is critical; however, subsequent phases are also important to ensure quality of both design and execution and to protect the owner against shoddy materials and construction. WJ: Architects from all around the world are being invited to China to design buildings. Some say that China has become the playground for these designers, some have also compared it to the Wild West in America, what do you think? L. C. Pei: This is true and deeply troubling to those of us who seek to advance in China the standards of design and construction. It seems to reflect China’s eagerness to embrace western ideas and technologies while at the same time demonstrating fearlessness in commissioning extravagant and excessive developments to show how much wealth and power they possess. Sadly, their grandiosity and lavishness reveal a deep poverty in the quality, practicality and sustainability of these projects. WJ: Which project that you have designed is the most unique or has left you with the greatest impression? L. C. Pei: Throughout my career I have been through many stages, early on as I worked with my father on high-profile projects I gained experience that has been greatly beneficial to my professional development. The experience taught me to take on the challenge of designing high-standard architecture. One particular building where I was heavily involved was the Hong Kong Bank of China Tower. Since establishing Pei Partnership Architects in 1992, I have worked on 3 other Bank of China projects, including the soon-to-be-completed Bank of China headquarters in Suzhou, these are all very important to me. I have also designed the Dancing Water Theater and the Science Museum in Macao, both are great buildings. There is also 2221 Yonge Street in Toronto, a high rise residential tower that will help define Toronto’s skyline. Li Chung Pei Biography Education 1972 Harvard College 1976 Harvard Graduate School of Design 1976 – 1992 I.M. Pei and Partners 1992 Founded Pei Partnership Architects with brother Chien Chung Pei Other Contributions Other than his role as an architect, Li Chung Pei has been juror of international competitions and institute award programs in Seoul, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong and a design critic at numerous architectural schools in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Pei has been an active member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects where for several years he served on its Board of Directors. In 2002, Mr. Pei joined the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned institution, on which he serves as Vice President. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Christie’s, the international company offering art auctions and private sales to clients around the world.
Gina Bedoya – Selected as one of 2015 Pioneering Women in Real Estate
June 10, 2015
Pei Partnership Architects’ Director of Marketing & Business Development, has been selected as one of the honorees for this year’s Pioneering Women in Real Estate Awards, given by Sokol Media, publisher of NY Residential, Green Matters, DC Rising and South Florida Residential. Gina has been a trailblazer in the field of marketing professional services for the built environment for the past 20 years. She is a Fellow and past chair of the Society for Marketing Professional Services National Education Committee.
Resort Living in the City
February 21, 2015
435 West 19th Street, New York, NY is a multi-million condo conversion of an existing 5 story building into an 8 story ultra-luxury condo building. The building will be renovated to include a new façade, six exquisite full floor condominium units with floors 2 to 5 being typical floors and floors 6 to 8 as a penthouse triplex with terraces. Each unit will contain its own private sky garage within the apartment, as well as its own private indoor swimming pool. Other high quality amenities include a wine cellar, private theatre, gym, private storage, cold storage, outdoor space and all units will have state-of-the art automated features.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2015
February 19, 2015
Cheers to Château Lynch-Bages, France!
February 5, 2015
The world-renowned winery, located in the town of Pauillac in the heart of the Médoc region in the northwest of Bordeaux, France is in the process of modernizing their winery establishment. The project consists of the design of a state-of-the-art new facility at the Château’s present location. In the last several years Pei Partnership Architects has been working closely with the owners in the planning and programming of the new building. A unique challenge is the phasing of the new construction during the wine production schedule.
ZHENGZHOU COMMODITY EXCHANGE MOVES INTO NEW FACILITY
November 1, 2014
There is reason to celebrate in Zhengzhou, China: The Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) moves into its new facilities! The Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) is one of the three Commodity Exchanges in China. The new ZCE building is located at the southern main entrance of the newly planned Central Business District and serves as the gateway for visitors entering the district from the main boulevard. The orientation, massing and functional organization of the building are organized to give prominence to its urban setting. In response to its site the south side of the tower is designed with a curved façade featuring a zigzag section profile. Each bay of the façade incorporates a horizontal operable hatch for natural ventilation and a slanted fixed glass panel for maximum visibility, thus avoiding the appearance of random openings while providing improved transparency and comfort for occupants. The tower houses the offices of ZCE on the mid to upper levels and leasable offices on the lower levels. The podium portion of the building, located on the northern side, contains public facilities, including multiple bank branches, a multifunction hall, a cafeteria, a roof top garden and rentable conference rooms. The podium is clad with German limestone and features a 6-story-high sky-lit atrium with balconies and cross bridges to enhance pedestrian circulation. A four-story enclosed garden at the top of the tower, adjacent to the executive offices, has expansive views. At night the lighting turns this garden into an illuminated crown for the tower, a modern landmark of Zhengzhou.
October 5, 2014
BANK OF CHINA EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN USA Ribbon Cutting EventQueens, New York - The new retail branch of Bank of China in Flushing represents the Bank’s major shift towards the increasingly affluent Chinese and Asian community in Queens, New York. Located in a mixed-use development along a major intersection, it will serve a large clientele. Pei Partnership Architects was entrusted with presenting a new face for the Bank, while at the same time adhering to the timeless qualities that distinguish Pei Partnership Architects’ design for their headquarters building in Beijing.In June, at the ribbon cutting ceremony were Sun Guoxiang, consul general of the People's Republic of China in New York, Zhu Shumin, executive vice-president of Bank of China, Grace Meng, US congresswoman, and Peter Koo, New York City councilman. “Flushing is home to more than 33,000 Chinese residents, according to the latest US Census, and attracts developers from China, Taiwan, and beyond, the new branch will help enhance the image of Queens as a local financial center,” said Peter Koo.
Capital of Six Dynasties to Behold New Complex
April 5, 2014
Nanjing, China:Nanjing Six Dynasties Museum and Nanjing Sanhome Presidential Hotel will make up the Sanhome Cultural Plaza on Changjian Road. The plaza is west of Meiyuan Village, east of the Presidential Palace. The plaza is the result of the cooperation between Nanjing Sanhome Investments and Nanjing Six Dynasties Museum. The building’s foundation was laid on December, 2012 and construction is well underway with anticipation of completion in 2014.
Happy New Year
January 30, 2014
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! Pei Partnership wishes you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Horse! 2014
2221 Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada: High-rise luxury tower to transform Toronto's Midtown district
April 30, 2013
Li Chung (Sandi) Pei and Toh Tsun Lim met with a number of media representatives at Quadrangle’s Liberty Village offices this week to explain some of the finer points of the, 56-story luxury tower 2221 Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada. This high-rise tower will transform the city’s Midtown district at Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. with its stunning cantilevered terrace design.
PEI PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
December 12, 2012
This evening we welcomed approximately 250 colleagues, clients and good friends – both old and new – to our office in celebration of 20 years of design achievement. French, Japanese and Mexican hors d’oeuvres coupled with holiday bubbly and signature mango/lychee martinis created an animated ambiance. A lively jazz quartet rounded out the festivities. Close friends from Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, distinguished members of the A&E community, and NYC real estate development leaders joined us in the revelry.
PEI PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS ANNOUNCES NEW PROMOTIONS
December 6, 2012
Today Pei Partnership Architects announced the promotion of five staff members: Senior Associate: Cheng-hsun Wu, RA, LEED AP Associate: Chul Han Jung Vincent Leung Jun Shick Lee Graphic Communications Manager: So Jung Ban These individuals are working on a variety of projects including a residential tower in Toronto, a Bank of China branch office in Suzhou, a museum and hotel in Nanjing, a state guesthouse in Inner Mongolia, an ancestral home for the Soong family in Hainan and a mixed-use tower in Qingdao. Ms. Ban collaborates with the design studio and oversees graphic communications for the firm.
BMW OPENS FIRST NEW SUSTAINABLE 5S DEALERSHIP IN BEIJING
June 18, 2012
Today BMW China unveiled Beijing Xingdebao 5S, the company’s most sustainable dealership in the world. Using advanced energy and resource conservation techniques, Pei Partnership Architects, with the support of Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong, implemented the concept of sustainability throughout the design process resulting in a completed facility that consumes 30% less energy than a conventional building of its type. LEED Gold certification is anticipated later this year.
DANCING WATER THEATER AT CITY OF DREAMS WINS 2012 USITT MERIT AWARD
March 1, 2012
The Macao-based venue of Franco Dragone’s spectacular show, “The House of Dancing Water” received the renowned 2012 United States Theatre Technology (USITT) award. Created in 1994, the annual USITT award recognizes architects for superior design work, promotes USITT to a larger audience, and provides resource material for USITT members on contemporary theater. Merit Awards are evaluated by a panel of distinguished jurors for creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations. The Merit Award was presented to Pei Partnership Architects at the USITT’s 52nd annual conference & stage expo to be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment in Long Beach, CA from March 28-31, 2012.
BMW UNVEILS FIRST 5S DEALERSHIP IN CHINA
January 9, 2012
BMW offered a preview opportunity today to approximately 100 members of the press and dignitaries at the firm’s Beijing Xingdebao 5S Dealership, the largest automobile dealership in China and the first showroom in the Chinese auto industry to implement the concept of sustainable development with LEED Gold certification anticipated for Q2 2012. At the beginning of 2011, BMW took the industry lead in introducing the 5S Dealership concept, adding the 5th “S” — "Sustainability"— to the traditional 4S concept (sale, survey, spare parts and service). With a total area of about 22,000 sqm, Pei Partnership’s design for the Beijing Xingdebao 5S Dealership has incorporated sustainable features throughout, reinforcing BMW’s corporate commitment to sustainability and setting the standard in green building design, engineering and construction.
OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF A NEW 80-FOOT TALL SCULPTURE BY RICHARD SERRA
December 15, 2011
This evening in the presence of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Qatar Museums Authority, and more than 700 dignitaries and special guests, the Qatar Museums Authority unveiled a new monumental vertical steel sculpture entitled “7” by internationally-acclaimed American artist Richard Serra. The piece is located in the new Museum of Islamic Art Park designed by Pei Partnership Architects.
DANCING WATER THEATER AT CITY OF DREAMS GARNERS DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARD
December 1, 2011
The Dancing Water Theater at City of Dreams was honored today by the Hong Kong Design Centre with the prestigious Design for Asia Merit Recognition Award, recognizing the spectacular water-based show, ‘The House of Dancing Water’, for its breathtaking design and technical prowess. The DFA Award is an annual award that pays tribute to high quality design achievements that have a significant impact on Asian lifestyle, culture and the arts. The only DFA project award in Macao, the 1,985-seat theater-in-the-round has not only bolstered the reputation of this world-class production but has reinforced City of Dreams’ standing as an international destination for luxury and entertainment.
Pei Partnership Architects and Tsao & McKown Awarded 2010 New York State AIA Citation for Design
January 1, 2011
Pei Partnership Architects and Tsao & McKown's renovation and restoration of the Jianfu Palace Garden in Beijing, China has received a Citation for Design from the New York State American Institute of Architects. Jianfu Palace Garden has previously been recognized with the “Best of Year” award from Interior Design magazine and an award for Historic Preservation from Business Week/Architectural Record China.
Pei Partnership Architects Wins Bank Design Competition
December 4, 2010
Pei Partnership Architects has won an invited competition to design the new Bank of China Tower in Suzhou, China. The primary factor informing the design of the 100-meter building is a magnificent site with historic canals and scenic water views. Construction will start in 2011 with an estimated completion in 2013.
New Cultural Precinct to be Model of Sustainability
November 6, 2010
The Taihu New City Cultural Center will be the centerpiece of a new urban core on the outskirts of the historic town of Wuxi, China. The program includes a large library, a performance center, a museum, a youth center, a hotel and retail, in total over 400,000 SM of new construction. The master plan will organize these new facilities on a 334,000-SM site that will emphasize and encourage public use of streets and parks for recreation. The site will be abundantly landscaped while the buildings will be designed as models of sustainability.
Multi-Use Complex Including Important New Museum Currently in Design Phase
October 12, 2010
Pei Partnership Architects is designing a 75,425-square meter multi-use complex with a boutique hotel, commercial offices and parking in central Nanjing, China adjacent to the former Presidential Palace. The discovery of significant archaeological vestiges has led to the addition of an important new museum dedicated to the Six Dynasty to be managed by the Cultural Relics Bureau. Construction will start in late 2011 with an estimated completion scheduled for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014.
Design of New BMW Showroom and Service Center Underway
September 27, 2010
A new 26,000m2 BMW showroom and service center in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. The Beijing Xingdebao Green 5S BMW Flagship Outlet, expected to be the first LEED Gold-certified BMW dealership, will contain both new and pre-owned cars, sales and merchandising areas, a VIP lounge and administrative offices. Service areas and parking for over 250 cars have been provided as well as a staff canteen and training center. The building projects an elegant, high-tech simplicity of form, materials and detail that will provide an appropriately refined and upscale environment for showcasing BMW’s automobiles over many years. The building will be Pei Partnership Architects' first completed LEED Gold-certified building, with completion anticipated in late 2011.