On the trail of light and space

Chinese star architect Yung Ho Chang designs the annual report

The effects of light and shade on architectural space is the focus of the Zumtobel Group’s artistic Annual Report 2016/17. This year, the art book is the brainchild of Yung Ho Chang, a Chinese architect and Professor at MIT, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the past 26 years, the Zumtobel Group has commissioned prominent creative minds from the fields of art, architecture and graphic design to provide an artistic interpretation of the topic of light for the Annual Report.

The current Annual Report is a very personal book that at once impresses through its high quality materials and exceptional texture and haptics. © Zumtobel
Chinese star architect Yung Ho Chang. © Zumtobel

Under the heading "The Little Detective: Search For The Book" Chinese star architect Yung Ho Chang has managed to create a very personal art book that documents the transformation of space by light and shade. The Annual Report comprises drawings, oil paintings and photographic studies that Chang produced between 1998 and 2016.

The framework for this was provided by "The Little Detective", a story from Chang’s childhood that his father, also an architect, would often tell his children. On the trail of a lost book, the Little Detective encounters the opposing forces of light and darkness and explores the impact of colour, porosity, texture and shade. On his journey through this corporate publication, the Little Detective learns how light creates space and form.

Together with Lijia Lu, Yung Ho Chang heads up the independent architectural practice Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) based in Beijing and Shanghai and is widely considered a pioneer of contemporary Chinese architecture. Chang has also taught at several universities of architecture and currently holds chairs at Tongji University, Beijing University and MIT. His architectural projects display great intellectual quality and mediate between traditional and modern.

The effects of light and shade on architectural space is the focus of the Zumtobel Group’s artistic Annual Report 2016/17.
The Annual Report comprises drawings, oil paintings and photographic studies that Chang produced between 1998 and 2016. © Zumtobel

Unique annuals – the Zumtobel Group’s art book series
It was 26 years ago that the Russian architect and designer Mikhail Anikst designed the Zumtobel Group’s first artistic annual report for the 1991/92 financial year. The idea behind this series of art books remains unchanged to this day: to document the close links between the Group and the arts and culture. Thus, over the years, a wide range of leading figures from the Group’s network of contacts have been invited to design the annual report in line with their wishes and in the context of light and the Zumtobel Group’s business.

Along with graphic designers from the early years of these art books, including Italo Lupi, Neville Brody, Per Arnoldi and Stefan Sagmeister, the report’s creative directors have also included artists such as Gerhard Merz, Siegrun Appelt, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor and James Turrell, and architects such as Dominique Perrault, Hani Rashid / Asymptote, François Roche / Studio R&Sie(n), Sejima Kazuyo and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, David Chipperfield / DCA and Kjetil Thorsen / Snøhetta.

For more information on the current annual report by Yung Ho Chang as well as a PDF with page-turning facility, see here.