MOVA, China by Zen-In Architects

traditional intension and contemporary extension

Project Specs


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介隐建筑事务所(Zen-In Architects)受设计北京(DESIGN BEIJING)、PechaKuchaBeijing之邀与来自全球的6个国家的6组建筑师团队参与2019设计北京博览会 “设计予己Design for Ourselves”展览。

Invited by DESIGN BEIJING and PechaKuchaBeijing, Zen-in Architects participated in the special section named “Design for Ourselves” of Design Beijing 2019 with six other architects’ teams from six countries.

▼展览装置“墨瓦”正面图,front elevation of “Mova”



With a new form of traditional Chinese culture, being re-interpreted and re-defined, the integration of traditional intension and contemporary extension has been considered as design objectives. Meanwhile, the conventional technology and materials have been also referenced: batik – color drawings on fabrics and potteries; silk embroidering – patterns on fabrics; blue and white porcelain technique – patterns on pottery clay sintered in high-temperature. Therefore, “Mova” (ink tiles), traditional ink-painting techniques combining with traditional roof tiles, has been determined as the theme of this exhibition, displaying free and fluid as well as silent and solid.

▼设计选取了传统水墨技法和传统青瓦材料,融合形成这次展览的主题——墨瓦,“Mova” (ink tiles), traditional ink-painting techniques combining with traditional roof tiles, has been determined as the theme of this exhibition


With the integration of techniques and materials, “Mova” is a kind of aesthetic treatment based on grey tiles to express the process, status and result of nature by avoiding artificial processing shadows. Flowing freely on those tiles, the ink and other colors are superimposed on each other in various patterns such as streamline, point-like and some surprising impressionism.

▼设计师让墨汁以及其他颜色自由融合或者排斥,并在瓦片上自由地绘制和流淌,flowing freely on those tiles, the ink and other colors are superimposed on each other in various patterns

▼处理后瓦片的正面,front elevation of the processed tiles

▼处理后瓦片的背面,back elevation of the processed tiles


Displaying an image of mountains, rivers and hills, patterns on six faces of “Mova” are random and continuous in an organic and flexible form to create a kind of situationality and functionality. With both tradition and innovation, “Mova” could be applied into architecture and interior design as well as furniture, utensils, art ornaments and space devices dependently or independently.

▼墨瓦六个面的图案是随机而连续的,呈现出山川、河流、丘陵的意向,“Mova” randomly and continuously displays an image of mountains, rivers, hills as well as other patterns on the six surfaces


Meanwhile, techniques of contemporary art are applied by bright colors, contrast colors, etc.

▼过程中的瓦片及亮色尝试, tiles in Process and test of bright colors in process

▼瓦片的细节和天空的对比,details and its contrast with the sky


With different faces and angles, a form in continuous fold surfaces has been build up referenced by traditional Chinese roofs in a limited exhibition space of 1m × 6m. Seeking for a sense of unified layers, “Mova” is a kind of innovation by practicing in the classification, combination and contrast of ink and colors.

▼瓦片的细节,tiles details

▼展览装置细节图,details of “Mova” on exhibition

▼墙面展示细节,display details on the wall




项目设计 & 完成年份 2019.04
摄影师: 设计北京、沈圣喆
策展人:孟令达、Lucia Rampanti
材料提供:介隐建筑(Zen-In Architects)

Project name:MOVA
Design:Zen-In Architects
Design year & Completion Year:2019.04
Leader designer & Team:Yu Liu,Shengzhe Shen,Junlin Jiang
Project location:Beijing Agricultural Exhibition Hall
Gross Built Area (square meters):6㎡
Photographer:Design Beijing, Shengzhe Shen
Photo credits:Zen-In Architects & Design Beijing
The curators:Nicky Meng, Lucia Rampanti
Clients:Design Beijing
Brand:Design Beijing,PechaKuchaBeijing
Materials:Zen-In Architects
The construction team:LTSJ landscape engineering co. LTD
Material:Tiles, mineral pigments, steel, wood

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