William Hailiang Chen ResoNet Sinan Mansions Pavilion
ResoNet Sinan Mansions Pavilion is Golden Design Award winner in 2016 - 2017 Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award Category.
ResoNet Sinan Mansions Pavilion

ResoNet Pavilion is commissioned by Sinan Mansions in Shanghai for the celebration of Chinese New Year 2017. It consists of a temporary pavilion plus an interactive LED light 'resonet' attached in the inner surface. It employs Low-Fi techniques to visualise the resonance frequencies inherent in the natural environment, via the interaction of the public and surrounding elements detected by a LED net. The Pavilion illuminates the public realm in response to vibration stimuli. Apart from visitors can come to make Spring Festival wishes, it can be also used as a performance stage.

ResoNet Sinan Mansions Pavilion
William Hailiang Chen ResoNet Sinan Mansions
William Hailiang Chen Pavilion
William Hailiang Chen design
William Hailiang Chen design
William Hailiang Chen

William Hailiang Chen has transferred himself from an artist to a professional qualified architect, graduated from the Architectural Association School with awarded Alvin Boyarsky Scholarship and Nicholas Boas Travel Award. He went on working for UK famous practices such as Wilkinson Eyre Architect, Populous and Foster and Partners on several prestigious projects, including winning the competition of 440m tower of Guangzhou International Finance Centre, the design of London Olympic 2012 Stadium from inception to completion and Apple Campus 2. Despite the success in UK, as Principal Architect he took on the challenge back to China leading the team on managing Wanda Group’s overseas projects including Wanda One Nine Elmes, Wanda Sydney One, Paris Europacity and Wanda Vista Tower project in Chicago. Alongside the big projects, as founder of Creative Prototyping Unit he is leading a research team on digital fabrication of various small experimental projects. William teaches part time at the Southeast University in Nanjing and is setting up an urban regeneration research program in relation to sports sector.

Sinan Mansions

Sinan Mansions area is an immense urban regeneration at the heart of Shanghai former French Concession, which includes the redevelopment of 51 colonial mansions from the '20s and '30s into four projects: the Hotel Massenet, which refers to the French musician Jules Massenet, commercial stretch of F&B and retail; luxury apartments; and corporate villas. This area is bounded by Fuxing Road to the north, Sinan Road (former Rue Massenet) to the west, and Chongqing Road to the east. The revamped villas now mostly house restaurants, bars and lifestyle boutiques. Shaded by tall plane trees planted by the French authorities 100 years ago, this is a pleasant area as an open air historical museum but full of modern life.