CAP NY Shanghai has established an award-winning profile in futuristic work, using cutting-edge digital design and production techniques. Since the inception of our office, we have been at the forefront of designing projects that leverage the most advanced technologies available to designers. We are constantly active in inventing design techniques, experimenting with the latest fabrication technologies, and incorporating innovative business models in designs. Our goal is to continue to stay at the fore front of innovation in the design practice. We take pride in the results of this diligence: consistently intelligent, beautiful designs. "Architectural Record awarded us "Design Vanguard 2004" as "one of eleven practices building the future" CAP NY Shanghai was nominated to the prestigious international Ordos Prize which is yet to be decided. The work of the firm has been called "Elegant……and virtuoso who are using the computer for the most beautiful compositions..…..The designs are immaculate, crisp and coherently detailed….." by Zaha Hadid.
CAP NY Shanghai creates designs through digital models that employ complex information and incorporate real-time feedback. We guide the design as the number of client parameters increase, incorporating new data such as project goals, site restraints, circulation, materials, and light into an evolving, iterative design. By using these techniques in tight collaboration with our clients and consultants from the onset of the project, we develop unprecedented, singular built forms that seamlessly and sustainably incorporate form, structure, and building systems.
We think that it is imperative to move beyond digital technique and towards an aesthetic and experiential sophistication. We take an approach not concerned with "technology for technology's sake," but which sees technology as a tool to help tell captivating stories in which "the supporting technology goes completely unnoticed.' At CAP NY Shanghai, technology is the beginning of a design process that develops the far-reaching innovative effects a project can have on its users.
Our ideas can be seen at work in the Wall of the Future, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Made from a composite polymer using the latest robotic manufacturing techniques, the wall's bone-like pieces transform effortlessly from bulbous to angular forms. These variations create different balances of light and shade, with a degree of openness guided by the minimum structure needed in any location. Space, structure and skin are incorporated in a single self-supporting form that exemplifies CAP's elegant approach. Barry Bergdoll, in the Home Delivery Catalog, referred to the wall as having "great potential to increase the focus of digital design's ability not only to produce buildings en masse, particularly for housing, but to imbue such systems with ample opportunity for individual client customization without significantly affecting cost." Nicolai Ouroussoff, the design critic of the New York Times (2008), called the wall "gorgeous- amazingly elegant" in his review of the show.
CAP is renowned as a leader in design innovation. Our projects have won international awards, and been featured in newspapers, cultural publications, and design magazines globally. Our work has been exhibited at venues from New York to Beijing. Our principals have delivered keynote lectures on the future of design at major corporations and academic institutions. We use our own books as opportunities to test and push our ideas forward, continually developing our knowledge in order to remain at the forefront of the field. Chris Bosse, designer of the Watercube for the Beijing Olympics, wrote in A+U, Tokyo (2007) that our "projects are introducing new strategies of design and construction and taking the design truly into the new millennium."
We believe that our innovative design approach, advanced technical expertise, and experience as leaders in architectural design make us the ideal candidate to develop new visions for projects of any scale, from interiors like IWI Orthodontics to Masterplans such as Samsung's Ramian Housing. We look forward to collaborating with our clients on a thrilling, exciting journey.