Reconnecting Cultures

Architecture is the embodiment of culture’, says Rocco Yim, founder of architecture practice Rocco Design.

Reconnecting Cultures cover
Reconnecting Cultures cover

‘Culture actually deals with the present. It is about contemporary living and current attitudes, tempered by the past, towards space, material, the perception of beauty and balance of values.’

Bamboo pavilion Shanghai
Bamboo pavilion Shanghai

A new book published by Artifice Books looks to uncover how this fascinating Chinese practice has shaped the environments around its projects, showcasing projects developed both in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Citibank Plaza Hong Kong
Citibank Plaza Hong Kong

It’s interesting to see through the projects how the practice merges Oriental and Western influences, striving to create a balance between contemporary and traditional cultures.

Designed by Leonardo Collina at Artifice books, the weighty tome features some stunning imagery, such as the imposing the HKSAR Government Headquarters in Hong Kong:

HKSAR government headquarters, Hong Kong
HKSAR government headquarters, Hong Kong

With an introductory essay by essay by Rocco Yim and other contributions from architectural historians and practitioners such as Kennneth Frampton, Peter Cook and Fumihiko Maki, we’re given a feel of how the work of Rocco Design fits into the rapidly expanding economy and design scene of the Far East.

Facade study for Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou
Facade study for Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou

Artifice books says, ‘Rocco Design is sensitive to the cultural context in which the practice works—their architecture is both an expression of form, and an interpretation of that culture at its heart.’

Reconnecting Cultures: The Architecture of Rocco Design is published by Artifice Books priced £24.95

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