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“Opposition”, designed by Zhang Lei (AZL architects), is part of the “(Un)Forbidden City” project. “Opposition“ is a tray made of 18/10 stainless steel, but it’s also a refined play of volumes more commonly found in architecture than in an object. The central part is circular and flat, while the outer edge is raised, square and flat. The two are joined together by a sloping section that blends evenly into each, without any interruptions.
Graduated from Southeast University in Nanjing & Finished his postgraduate study in ETH-Zurich, Lei Zhang found his architecture office AZL architects 2001 in Nanjing. In May 2009 Lei Zhang was named by Icon Magazine as one of 20 architects who are transforming the future and changing the way we work. AZL was selected into one of the ten architecture offices as Design Vanguard 2008 by [Architectural Record]. AZL’s “Slit House” was entered as honorable mention project by ar+d world emerging architecture awards 2008 byArchitectural Review]. While winning the Architecture awards like “WA Chinese Architecture Awards” (2002,2006,2008) & “Chinese Architecture & Art Awards” (2004), He is involved in major international exhibitions on contemporary Chinese Architecture in Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy & American. His works are published quite intensively in international magazines like Domus, Lotus, Architectural Record, Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Mark, Icon etc. Lei Zhang is now teaching as professor in School of Architecture & City Planning in Nanjing University. He has been invited as guest professor & guest critic in Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chiba Institute of Technology in Tokyo & GSD-Harvard. www.azlarchitects.com