This is our first project in the Atlantic Beach NC.  Our vision of what the future Atlantic Beach Boardwalk could have become has won the design award.  Many thanks to everyone in our firm that works hard on this project.

The proposal envisions a seaside boardwalk with multi-layer leisure space, with new amenities that reflect the city’s emerging populations and tackling these evolving needs.

The new mass timber multi-use pavilion will serve as a stage for outdoor concerts as well as provide shelter and shade for beach goers and other events. When not in use as a stage; it can serve as shaded place for families to gather for a picnic by the beach and for friends to meet up for food and beverages. It will also serve as the event center for beach volleyball tournaments, road races and other events. Other amenities include concession stands and seating on ground floor and the mezzanine floors.

The new boardwalk integrates with existing homes fronting it, with the landscaping features sand fixing plants and palm trees. its undulating form creates pockets for a diverse of functions, such as splash pad, shaded seating area, and picnic area. As well as a gazebo with small amphitheater for children next to the new playground. It also provides ADA access that extend 125 feet from the edge of current boardwalk to the ocean.

A new bathhouse structure accommodates five toilet stalls for women and two stalls plus three urinals for men. Eight open air showers are integrated on the perimeter of the structure, plus a family restroom with diaper station, an ADA restroom as well as a janitor’s closet, and two niches with drinking fountains.

The point area is designed with features including ferries wheel, carousel, and a large flagpole. We have proposed a public art in sculptural form at the point area. The name of the sculpture is phoenix rising, relating to the history of the pavilion.

The spaces between places, sidewalks and crosswalks and alleys pavements are also upgraded with landscape and
permeable pavements.




The new Jeonnam Citizen’s Square will be a public space that touches the daily life of residents. Indoor and outdoor facilities and functions that rejuvenate mind and body are provided for all ages and at the same time breathes new vitality into the urban space. The design envisions a multi-purpose square that is sustainable, encompassing a great variety of vegetations, with visual and physical connections to the surrounding beautiful natural scenery.

Bamboo of Damyang-gun, tea plantation of Boseong-gun, plum trees of Gwangyang-si, chrysanthemum of Hwasun-gun, to name a few, are gathered here as a representative place of Jeollanam-do. These representatives and places of recreational functions are on or encircled by the “islands”; the element specific to the local context of thousand islands is interpreted here in a contemporary way for the design. The central square and the garden bridges of the Jeonnam Citizen’s Square are placed on the main Central Park axis, making the visual, physical, spatial and green connections with the Central Park; the forms and the geometries further continue the artistic grand gesture that gives the square and the park a new attractive identity. Sustainability is important in the design. A combination of active and passive designs makes the building energy neutral with regards to building-related energy consumption. Rainwater will be stored and used for irrigation and toilet facilities, reducing the area’s water consumption. This water storage, combined with the green roofs and permeable grounds makes water run-off minimal.

The new Jeonnam Citizen’s Square aims to bring vitality and innovation to the area through a seamless integration of landscape, leisure, commerce, and culture. It will be the landmark that showcases the best of the province, and building better lives with the people.


Selected from a pool of several hundred international teams, Arch Horizon’s first place winning proposal envisions a design that reverence for history and culture.  The design seeks to preserve as much original structure as possible and when necessary interventions are needed, inspirations from the original building and other historic rammed earth buildings of the area.

The entire architecture will be restored, conserved and transformed to activate the historic rammed earth buildings, thus inherit culture, and as a new highlight of tourism development.  Therefore, the most distictive aspects of rammed earth buildings are repaired and restored as they are.  In terms of renovation, it refers to the architectural image of the historic rammed earth building combined with contemporary aesthetics and according to the needs of B&B functions, implents low-cost and low intervention reconstruction.  The integration of architecture and nature in the design make it an ecological and cultural leisure resort


In recent years, it is difficult for shopping centers to attract people only by retail. The next generation of shopping centers must be readjusted and upgraded to improve the shopping experience through the integration of business format and internal and external space. It must be equipped with rich and convenient facilities and services, immersion overall design and technology to create a dynamic, attractive and unforgettable shopping center.

According to the current trend, most newly-built or reconstructed shopping centers adjust the catering proportion from 20% to 40%, and many adjust the proportion to 60% Entertainment + catering and 40% retail to create better revenue.

With the blurring of the boundary between life, work and entertainment, community activities have become an important key to attract people to retail. Skating rink, basketball court, gym, concert, carnival, wedding, library, classroom, art center and immersive space, IMAX theater and medical clinic have been introduced into the shopping center. The shopping center has become a community activity center, not just a retail center.

How to create and retain crowds has always been the focus of shopping center design. The novel appearance and space of the shopping center give customers the first impression. It must be able to attract customers and retain customers. The longer customers stay, the more they can increase their desire to buy. Therefore, when designing shopping centers, we often imagine how to make customers stay happily the entire day.

After gathering people, they should be directed to all retail stores, such as catering and entertainment distributed on each floor of the whole department store, Or set the catering on the top floor to produce the showering effect, so that the whole mall is full of vitality and people. In addition to indoor and other spaces, outdoor places can also be added to provide entertainment, fashion shows, or various exhibitions on weekends, which has become a key part of the local community!

Traditional shopping centers are inward design, while the next generation of shopping centers should integrate indoor and outdoor space. Modern people pursue a healthier lifestyle and environment. The shopping center can add green space or sky garden to become a new urban oasis! The new shopping center must focus on how to provide “happiness”, let customers leave good memories, bring people an immersive environment and take them to places they have never been!




随着生活,工作和娱乐之间的界限不断模糊,社区活动成为引聚人流至零售的重要关键。 溜冰场,篮球场,健身房,音乐会,嘉年华,婚礼,图书馆,教室,艺术中心和沉浸式空间,IMAX剧院,医疗诊所均被引入购物中心。购物中心俨然已成为社区活动中心,而不仅是零售中心。

如何创造与留住人潮一直以来都是购物中心的设计重点。购物中心新颖的外观与空间给予顾客第一印象,它必须能把顾客吸引进来并留住顾客,顾客待的时间越久越能增加其购买欲望。因此我们设计购物中心时经常设想如何让顾客愉快的逗留一整天,如果可以的话让顾客一直的留下去 :)

聚集人流后应将其导向所有零售,例如将餐饮娱乐分布在整个百货的每个楼层上,或者将餐饮设置在顶层来产生淋浴效应(Showering Effect),让整个商场都充满活力和人流。除了室内等空间,也可添加户外场所在周末提供娱乐,时装表演,或各式会展等活动,成为当地社区的关键部分!




In English, the word hospital is derived from hospitality. In recent years, medical treatment has changed from “treating physical diseases” to “treating patients” including mental health. In addition to providing the best facilities to support the diagnosis and treatment of various departments, today’s medical system also place great importance to the design of the medical environment. With the continuous development and progress of medical care, the medical system and hospital architecture must adapt to this development and evolution. However,  from our past experience that this evolution is unpredictable, because we can’t understand it before the introduction of new medical technology or new medical equipment. Therefore, in order to adapt to the future changes, the best hospital building itself must be highly adaptable, so that the hospital does not have to dismantle and rebuild the main buildings when introducing new technology and equipment.

However, we can plan similar departments into groups from the beginning of planning, for example, set up “high-tech” departments and “non-high-tech” departments separately. When combining, we must ensure the contact and distance of corresponding departments, concentrate “high-tech” in several areas, and concentrate “non-high-tech” in different areas. In this way, the emergency department, outpatient department, inpatient department and medical technology department, The administrative department, security system and hospital management departments can be updated or expanded according to their own needs in the future, which greatly reduces the variability, difficulty and investment cost of the hospital.

Another important factor affecting the design of medical architecture is the medical environment. In North America, experts have studied the impact of the environment on patients for many years. They found that if patients can see the outdoor landscape from the ward, the need for painkillers will be reduced by 30%, and the recovery speed will be increased by 30%. The study also found that the recovery time of patients in the single bed ward is also faster, so the proportion of the number of single bed wards has an increasing trend. Therefore, the effect of medical treatment often depends not only on medical means, but also on the medical environment. We should change the constrained, isolated and painful space of traditional hospitals into an open, free and comfortable space; Change the lack of privacy in traditional hospitals into the protection of privacy, so as to eliminate the uneasiness of hospitals. Let the hospital provide a comfortable environment so that patients can develop stronger immune system to cure the disease, even if it can not be completely cured, they can recuperate quietly.

In addition, medical staff and visitors should be placed equal attention, and their mental and physical health also has an impact on patients. Appropriate decoration, greenscape, waiting and leisure facilities can reduce the fatigue of medical staff and the tension and anxiety of visitors. For example, in the floor planning, the waiting area for family members is designed close to the operating room, which is not only convenient to communicate with family members in case of special needs during the operation, but also takes into account the anxiety of family members, so as to avoid that family members often gather at the door of the operating room, making it crowded and difficult to manage.

Nowadays, the development trend of modern medical technology has created a larger medical complex, and it is necessary to organically integrate various complex facilities. In addition to using various types of signs, large hospitals should have clear route structure and convenient transportation to avoid the anxiety of patients and their families in finding a way, and form a pleasant convalescent community. Therefore, we can learn from mall uses atrium street for connections to various hospital departments, as a huge trunk or backbone. In the traditional hospital architecture, different departments are divided into different parts. In the atrium hospital street, when you enter the hospital, the whole hospital department has a direct visual connection with the transportation links, such as public elevators, from which people can easily find their destination. However, the advantage of atrium hospital street is not just connection. It is actually more economical to set up an atrium, because it actually only moves the roof on the ground floor to the top floor, and simplifies the outer wall around the atrium into an inner wall. More importantly, this will transform a hospital into a community, where there are convenience stores, flower shops and cafes where people can rest and communicate with each other.

At present, we are at the beginning of a new generation of hospitals. We should TOTAL DESIGN medical buildings to support medical staff to help patients.

英文中Hospital(医院)一词是由Hospitality(亲切待人)衍生而来。 近年来,医疗由单纯的“医治身体上的疾病”向包括精神上的护理“医治患者”而转变。  除了提供最佳的设施支持各部门诊疗,当今的医疗系统对医疗环境的要求也非常重视。

医学不断发展进步, 医疗系统与医院建筑必须适应这种发展与演变。然而从我们过去的经验得知, 这种演变是难以预见的, 因为不管是新的医疗技术还是新的医疗设备, 在引进之前我们对其无法洞悉。  因此了适应未来的变化, 最佳的医院建筑本身必须是可变性的,使得医院在引进新技术与设备时不必拆建主要建筑节省建造成本。

如果我们从规划初始便将同类的部门规划成组,例如将“高科技”部门与“非高科技” 部门分别集中设置, 组合时必须保证相应部门的联系与距离,把“高科技”集中在几个区域,另将“非高科技”集中在不同的区域, 如此一来急症部,门诊部,住院部,医技部,行政部,保障系统与院内管理等部门便可以根据未来各自所需分别更新或扩建,使医院的可变性难度与投资成本都极大地降低。

另一个影响医疗建筑设计的重要因素是医疗环境。在北美,专家们将环境对病人的影响进行了长年的研究。他们发现, 如果病人可以从病房看到室外的景观, 所需要的止痛药将减少百分之三十, 而康复速度也将提高百分之三十。  研究并发现,患者在单床病房痊愈的时间也较快,所以目前单床病房的数量比例有增大的趋势。因此医疗的效果往往不仅取决于医学手段, 医疗环境与病人有直接的关联。我们应将传统医院的拘束,隔离,痛苦的空间改为开放,自由,舒适的空间;将传统医院缺少隐私改为保护隐私,消除医院的不安感。让医院提供舒适的环境使患者能激励自己的力量治愈疾病,即便不能完全治愈也能安静地疗养。

另外医护人员和探访者也应给予同等的重视, 而且他们的心身健康对病人也有所影响。 适宜的装饰,绿化以及等待,休闲的设施,可减轻医护人员的疲劳和探访者的紧张焦虑。例如在平面设计时便将家属等候区设计靠近手术室既便于手术过程中如有特殊需要时与家属沟通,也照顾到家属焦虑的心情,以免家属往往聚集在手术室门口使其拥挤与难以管理。

当今现代医疗科技的发展趋势造就了更大规模的医疗综合体, 并需要将各种复杂的设施有机地融为一体。除了利用各种类型的标志,大型医院应该路线结构清晰交通方便,避免病人与家属寻路的焦虑, 而且要形成一个宜人的疗养社区。因此我们可以借鉴mall将中庭式的医院街连接各个部门犹如一个巨大的躯干。在传统的医院建筑中, 不同的部门被分割在互不相见的部位, 而在中庭式医院街中, 步入医院, 整个医院部门与交通联系例如公共电梯等都有直接的视觉联系,从中人们可以轻易地找到其目的地。然而中庭式医院街的优点并不仅是连接。设置一个中庭其实更为经济, 因为它实际上仅是将底层的屋顶移至顶层, 并将中庭周围的外墙简化为内墙。更为重要的是, 这将使一个医院衍变为一个社区, 在这里有便利店,花店,与咖啡厅人们可以相互休息与交流。

目前我们正处于新一代医院的开端, 当为医疗建筑设计一个全面圆满的空间, 支持医护人员帮助病患。

2019年12月20日 上海