Chu Chih-Kang

Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Chu Chih-Kang is a Taiwanese architect. He studied traditional Chinese painting at the National Taiwan Academy of Fine Arts and then graduated in Architecture and Product Design from Shih Chien University in 2007. He opened his own workshop in 2009 and, then, he moved to Shenzhen in 2011 to develop his career further.
With his firm Chih-Kang Space Design, Chu won the 2008 Red Dot Award and has been a nominee for the 2016 German Design Awards.

Chu Chih-Kang is a Taiwanese architect. He founded Chih-Kang Space Design in 2009, firm now based in Shenzhen, China.


Mini interview to Chu Chih-Kang

Thursday 8th October 2015

1) In the history of architecture, which works and which architects have most strongly influenced your work?

Ieoh Ming Pei has become an eternal classic and eternal master that jumps off the limitation of any style, technology and time of all times and all countries, because he created an eternal proportion and symbol for architecture.


2) How does the choice of materials happen in the project for the Chengdu Fangsuo Bookstore?

I did not choose the materials; it was supposed to exist in this space, we just rediscovered it. It is just like that the concept of the bookstore itself is the stack room in the cave, so we use earth to build the space; this concept should have been existed in this space, so the selection of the whole material is like resuming the original appearance of it.


3) What should students start with when they approach their first architectural projects?

I think that at the beginning of creating a good project we must study from two directions, one is the site environment of the space, which means to face the space honestly - to face its advantages and disadvantages and its feelings; the other one is the real demand of people in commerce, or we should say the real needs from the bottom of people's heart. For every space that I build, I will approach from these two directions, and then observe honestly and find out good questions and figure out the good solutions accordingly. Design itself is the strategy of solving problems, so the key point is to see the truth of the problems and find out good questions, once the good questions are figured out, the solutions are found.