It is a cubic architectural installation of 3m*3m*3m. This is not a large space; however, it carries the designers’ great affection and thinking for their hometown Foshan. The core concept of the design could be summed up in one phrase” Origin of everything”.
Actually, this architectural installation is an exhibit represents Foshan designed by the designers when invited by Expressions of The City during Guangzhou Design Week. Because the organizer sets limitations to the size of exhibition work, so the designers choose a cube which has the largest volume as the carrier of the architectural installation to express the vast theme “city”.
The use of the cube allows the designers to present a journey back to “Foshan” and their original minds around the core concept of “Origin of everything
For the structure, the designers use bamboos to form a smaller rectangular space around the geometric center of the cube. A one-way path which allows passage of only one person is thus built along the four lateral facades of the cube. This is the road for the journey.
However, when look at the cross section of the whole space from above, the two squares created by the bamboo wall and exterior wall together form the Chinese character “Hui”, which symbolizes “return to the origin”
The process of “Hui”has begun before visitors enter into the architectural installation. Visitors could come into this space alone through a narrow entrance, walk slowly and circle the space with the playing of background music which has a sense of ritual. While looking through the gaps between the bamboos, semi-finished Chinese Southern lion and Chinese leather drum placed in the centre could be seen; it is like a journey from outside to inside of both your inner self and the environment.
In respect of spatial level , this journey , from external environment, the steel plate material of the façade, to the bamboo of the inner wall, and then to the traditional prototypes which enclosed by bamboo, allows visitors to experience the process from modern to ancient and from new to old, and offers visitors enlightenment from a different angle.
For the designers, “Origin” means Foshan and the original selves. The Chinese Southern lion placed at the right centre of the space is originated from Xiqiao district, Nanhai county, Foshan. Thus it represents part of Foshan’s important traditional culture and it represents the root of the designers as well. Beatings of drum is necessary when performing a lion dance, so a primitive leather drum prototype is placed under the white body of the Chinese Southern lion, they appear as one set.
What is worth mentioning is that, the designers choose semi-finished Chinese Southern lion instead of a completed Chinese Southern lion with eyes is because that they could take use of the light permeability of the white body; they could make the image of the Chinese Southern lion more rich through placing flashing lights inside the white body. As the beatings of the drum leads the emotions and actions of the lion dance, the background music in this space matches with the flashing colorful lights. So visitors would see the lion in red or in green from time to time, and the colors express different emotions.
The imagery which represents Foshan also appeared on the façade – the designers piece together the maps of Foshan city and Nanhai county and the words “Foshan”on the steel plate wall with small holes. Functionally, it strengthens the ventilation of the space and gives visitors a better feeling on the one hand;
on the other hand, these small holes bring light to the space – apart from that, only the rectangular roof which is partitioned off by bamboos that could provide natural light for the space. From the aspect of artistic conception, considering that mirrors are used in both the ceiling and floor of the corridor, when sunlight enters into the space through the holes, under the reflection of the mirror, the whole space will become more mysterious, fantasy and changeable.
This is the artistic conception needed to be created for the journey of our mind. And such artistic conception will change according to the position that the installation is placed— when the angle of the sunshine changed, the picture create by light through the holes will change accordingly.
The whole design process is more like a process of re-learning and understanding of the traditional culture of their hometown, said the designers. But due to the limit of space, so what could be expressed is limited as well. What they hope is that through this well-chosen design expression, more and more people could pay attention to Foshan and try to understand Foshan.
From higher level, the designers hope every visitor could be inspired by the architectural installation so as to pay more attention to their hometown’s traditional culture and the original self, no matter where they come from and where they are.
项目名称：回 | 万物归宗
Project：HuiOrigin of Everything
设计机构：C.DD | 尺道设计事务所（www.cddesign.cn）
Design Company: C.DD (www.cddesign.cn)
Chief Designer: HE Xiao-Ping, LI Xing-Lin
Project Team: YU Guo-Neng, LIANG Yi-Hui, LV Zhuo-Ming, CAI Tie-Lei
Photographer: OUYANG Yun
Location: Foshan, Guangdong, China
展示时间：2015年 – 2016年
Display Time: 2015 – 2016
C.DD | 尺道设计事务所
尺 — 衡量心中美的一把尺
道 — 理解设计的一种哲学
C(Chi) — a ruler measures the beauty in our heart
D(Dao) — a kind of philosophy of understanding design
Mr LI Xing-Lin and Miss HE Xiao-Ping co-founded C.DD in 2009. It always adheres to the concept of “Design is not only a kind of production service, but also a way of thinking and an attitude towards life”.
The team develops multi-disciplinary services, including architecture design, space design, engineering construction, art of display and brand vision design services. The opinion “to build the theater of the mind and to realize our shared dream; to focus on providing top quality design and service to create the greatest value for clients; to research and explore interesting, meaningful and valuable design” is regarded as the core of development of the company. And this opinion penetrates throughout its creation, production, operation and service.
广州国际设计周 – 城市设计名片（佛山代表）
Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards – Shopping Space – Bronze Award
CIID China Interior Design Award – Silver Award
Modern Decoration International Media Award – Annual Show flat Award
Times House Magazine “KINPAN Award” – Best Show flat Award – Silver Award
Shanghai International Interior Design “Golden Bund Award” – Best Commercial Space Award and Best Residential Space Award
Foshan Interior Design “10 Years · Top 10 Designers”
CIID Open Show – Bronze Award
Guangzhou Design Week – Design Elite (Foshan)
IFI International Interior Design Award – Office Space Design – Silver Award
China Interior Display Award – Original Design-Award for Best Application of Color
Foshan Interior Design “15 Years · Top 15 Designers”
李星霖 | 喜欢总结生活中的不同乐趣，力图打破固有模式，综合理性和感性的思维从不同角度寻求创新可能，让人感受不同的设计体验。
何晓平 | 设计是一种理念、价值、生活方式的传播。它没有固定的形式，好的设计应该在满足功能之余产生情感与趣味，这是我们为之动容的使命。
【Founders / Chief Designers】
LI Xing-Lin – Love to summarize different kinds of fun in life, attempt to break the stereotype and to seek for innovation possibilities from different angles through comprehensive use of rational and perceptual thinking in order to bring people different experience of design.
HE Xiao-Ping – design is to spread some kind of idea, value and lifestyle. It has no fixed form, and good designs should create emotions and fun while meeting functional needs; that is why we are crazy about design.