Penda is a fresh and motivated team of international creatives based in Beijing and Vienna. In 2013, Chris Precht and Dayong Sun founded penda with the belief that architecture can serve as a bridge, which connects nature, culture and people to strive for a better quality of living.
By drawing different perspectives from western and eastern history, Penda seeks the fundamentals in architecture and tries to interpret and integrate them into one cross-cultural design-language. Therefore we are interested in the questions of how life evolved throughout history, what influenced its process up to the present and what architecture can add to increase the quality of life for the future.
We love what we do and are truly passionate about architecture & design to develop every project with our uttermost dedication. Impelled by our passion for nature and its materials, we try to design projects, which connect people to our natural environment and seek opportunities to create spaces, which contain the ability to nurture life.
Living in an age of economy with the credo of larger, higher & faster, we see the possibility, that architecture can serve as a counter-movement of a steady and long-lasting profession, which offers a constant in a fast-changing era. Therefore architecture should reply in a responsible, technological and ecological way to climatic, demographic and geopolitical changes of our society and environment.
History / Honours:
After working together in Graft / Beijing for several years, Dayong Sun and Chris Precht founded penda in 2013. Since its opening, penda has grown to become an internationally renowned architecture and design practice.
Our office interdisciplinary team works on projects, which range from master plans and high-rises to residential and interior design to product and graphic design.
Besides several competition wins, in 2014 penda has won the Interior Design Award for years “Best Interior Project” for the Honkung Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Tile Award 2013. Penda had 3 projects among the finalists in Archdaily “best of the year” award and is finalist in Architizers A+Award 2015 with the Snow Apartment.
除了赢得多项设计竞赛之外，penda还荣获2014年Honkung现代艺术博物馆“最佳室内设计项目”室内设计奖、以及2013年Tile 奖。Penda的3个作品入围Archdaily的“年度最佳”奖，并凭借“雪公寓”项目入围Architizers A+Award 2015。
We also found recognition in a considerable number of publications in magazines, newspapers, books and online media. Our work has been exhibited in various acknowledged art galleries and museums including the Architecture Biennale in Venice, the Künstlerhaus in Salzburg, Architecture Chine in Lyon / France and at 798 in Beijing.
Being architects in a fast-changing era of Technology, Materials and Fabrication, learning and sharing plays a main role in our office. Working on a global scale, gives each member of penda a valuable insight in different cultures and the opportunity to develop a unique set of skills. To make this individual skills accessible for all team members, we organise workshops and get-togethers in our spare time. Architectural Workshops about Software, Presentation, Rapid Prototyping, Physical Model Building, Sustainability, etc and others like Photography, Languages, Movies, Books, Art or History offers a broad area to learn from and create the positive benefit of moving out of one’s comfort zone. This hybrid of collaborative learning, teaching and sharing results in an increasingly evolving knowledge base for the team and serves as a foundation for our office culture.
Home of penda:
Our headquarters is located in an Hutong Area near the heart of China, the forbidden City in Beijing. Renovating and old coal-factory resulted in an open, non-hierarchical floorpan for our office. A horizontal organisational structure provides an open platform for sharing information and knowledge between colleagues.
Plants, a use of rough materials, an honest appearance of the buildings (infra-) structure and a bunch of passionate creatives are the main feature of our office's atmosphere.