PROJECTS

 

We design as a process, not a discipline, with solutions coming in as many shapes and sizes as there are problems. In working across scales and phases, from strategy to implementation, our motivations and responsibilities lie in creating places, spaces and tools that are both responsive and relevant to the communities they serve.

 

PLACES

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Placemaking, particularly in China, evades ready definition. Over the past seven years, we have developed an approach to creating places that resonate with communities by focusing on both the hardware and software of Placemaking. This approach looks at strategy and implementation, buildings and stories, identity and people as equally important and intertwined factors in the success of creating Place.

SPACES

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Designing spaces for life, work, and play allow us to observe and tune experiences at what can be a very intimate level. Programming space, Interior design, and furniture design provide the punctuation to both daily life and special events. 

TOOLS

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Tools cover the broad range of interventions and actions we help to carry out in creating and communicating place. From exhibitions and events to institutions and publications, tools constitute our know-how in getting things done on the ground, an aspect that sets SANS apart from other strategic consultancies.

PLACES

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DASHILAR PROJECT

Social & Cultural Urban Revitalisation of a 600 year old Hutong precinct in central Beijing, including Dashilar Platform and Dashilar Pilot, leading to a ‘Node Planning’ approach being adopted by the municipality and a host of award winning social projects.

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PLACING SHANGSHA

Placing Shangsha is an ongoing project to develop a place-centric brand and bottom-up intervention strategy for an inner city urban village in Shenzhen. The hypothesis of Placing Shangsha is that urban villages, and Shenzhen at large, are lacking a strong identity around which communities can coalesce and local businesses can leverage.

KWANYEN PROJECT

KWAN YEN PROJECT

Cultural and commercial revitalisation of Yantai (Formally Chefoo) waterfront heritage precinct through new cultural programming and business curation.

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SHANGWEI
SUSTAINABLE MECHANISM

Through in depth research and extensive interviews with stakeholders we developed the framework for a more equitable relationship between villagers and new residents within a burgeoning Art Village.

SPACES

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TOMATO FLORAL

Interior design and custom furniture for a mixed-use florists and floral education studio in Shenzhen.

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HONGLING APARTMENT

Apartment renovation for a family of three in Luohu, Shenzhen.

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DASHILAR HUIGUAN

A pop-up "guild hall" hosting exhibitions, food, events, and a library for Beijing Design Week.

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HONG KONG FLOWER SHOW

Narrative and landscape design for Shenzhen City’s entry in the 2018 Hong Kong International Flower Show.

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BLAKK

Fashion, Vinyl, and events space in Beijing.

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CITIC PORT OFFICE

New office space for one of China’s largest publishers in Guangzhou.

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DASHILAR PROJECT EXHIBITION

 

TOOLS

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KWAN YEN SALON

A series of salon sessions uncovering the heritage and potentials inherent within an urban revitalisation project in Yantai, Shandong Provence.

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DASHILAR BAZAAR

Annual community bazaar for the historic heart of Beijing

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CITIC BIDDING DOCUMENT

Successful pitch for a new 3000m2 bookstore concept within Guangzhou Baiyuan Airport

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BEIJING INTERNATIONAL DESIGN WEEK

Beijing Design Week is China’s premier international design event. Sans carried out research, curation and operation for this large scale yearly cultural event with special focus on engagement and evaluation of social impact on local residents and businesses, bringing design to the city.

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ACROSS CHINESE CITIES - BEIJING

Across Chinese Cities – Beijing was an unprecedented investigation into the Chinese capital’s spatial program exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. 

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DASHILAR PILOT

Influential program connecting designers and social problems for the benefit of one of Beijing’s most underserved communities.

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ACROSS CHINESE CITIES - CHINA HOUSE VISION

Across Chinese Cities - China House Vision stems from the House Vision project initiated by designer Kenya Hara and Sadao Tsuchiya in Japan. The show addressed the wider cultural and historic implications affecting the habitat and role of architecture practice in China today.