WAX is an interdisciplinary design firm in Munich and Beijing, exploring generative design methodologies developed from the complex self-organising behavior of social, environmental and material systems . WAX is engaging in different fields of design via encoded and explicit processes. WAX’s work is focusing on the problems of social-economy and ecology in the process of the rapid urbanization around the world.
Currently, the firm carries forward with the ongoing construction of GuAN Citizen Service Center, a unique low-energy exhausted office building in GuAN, which is expected to be completed by end of this October. Additionally, the firm is involving with a larger-scale project in Tsingtao, recently completing in early DD design stage for Tsingtao 2014 Expo, collaborating with Tsingtao design Institute.
Feng Xu is the founding partner of WAX. Feng studied the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London, engaging the research of vector field and fluid dynamics, which the thesis project Vectorscape has been widely published and exhibited. Feng’s work experience in London, Beijing and New York includes Zaha Hadid Architects, where he worked on several high-rise towers in Cairo, Brisbane and Melbourne. Feng has been invited to teach various research studios and workshops like in Harvard-Tsinghua Joint Studio, Nonlinear Studio of Tsinghua Univ., AA Shanghai Summer School, and AA Beijing Winter School, etc. He also curated China Section in Beijing Biennale 2010.
Nikolaus Wabnitz is the founding partner of WAX, where he is researching and developing parametric design solutions. Here he has gained extensive experience in project scales reaching from interior design to large scale masterplanning, aswell as in cultural, commerical and hybrid-building projects. After graduating from the Diploma School of the Architectural Association in London in 2007, his interest in complex geometries and advanced construction methods led him to join the Emergent Technologies Research Team of Allies & Morrison Architects, London. Nikolaus field of interest in parametric research focuses on adaptive and responsive systems with the potential to organize spaces, flows and whole cities. Since he arrived in Beijing he has taught and presented his research in several parametric design workshops at Tsinghua University, Beijing and other cities around China.
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