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Crossboundaries is a multidisciplinary, design-centered practice with projects ranging from urban planning, architecture and interior design all the way to graphic design, programming, teaching and event creation. We practice by name, crossing the boundaries of the design domain, initiating activities and dialogues across different fields. Keeping us continually thinking and doing, we aim to engage, evolve and adapt. Passionately facilitating for human needs, Crossboundaries main interest is people. We are dedicated to solve challenges to deliver creative solutions. We innovate products that result from going beyond the requirements of a brief to include the sensitivities of human needs, in the process sharing our knowledge and philosophy.

Model goes on travel

Getting ready for Summer Social 2018

WE PRACTICE BY NAME, CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DESIGN DOMAIN, INITIATING ACTIVITIES AND DIALOGUES ACROSS DIFFERENT FIELDS.

The work of Crossboundaries originates from a strong belief that design as a process results in successful, operational buildings, spaces and meaningful activities. This approach is based on two fundamental principles: research and collaboration. For our projects we create suitable multidisciplinary teams where all participants can assess the opportunities within the given conditions. We identify the essential questions, jointly create pragmatic solutions by data collection and analyze significant precedents.

WE REGULARLY DISCUSS POSSIBLE
PROGRAMMATIC SHIFTS WITH
OUR CLIENTS TO RAISE THEIR
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT.

Crossboundaries was founded by Hao Dong and Binke Lenhardt in 2005 in Beijing. Today, we are a team of people originating from all over the world. We like to stay fresh and inspired, putting ourselves in other contexts and engaging with our wider community. From curating Beijing Kids Design Week to arranging tours around the city or creating installations for our office socials, we are always on the quest to expand our reach. In 2012 the office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany was founded jointly by Binke Lenhardt and Antje Voigt to expand both our clients reach as well as our scope of work, adding more consulting services in form of programming and moderation processes to our skillset.

TODAY, WE ARE A TEAM OF PEOPLE ORIGINATING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Binke and Hao in party mode

Chaoyang Future school in wintertime

Over the years Crossboundaries has grown into an award-winning company known for its creative approach to educational projects as well as its ability to examine and expand the designated building programs generating added value for users and communities.

 

Crossboundaries’ work has been published across a range of leading industry magazines and is also frequently featured in online design media. Their theoretical research project China House Vision was exhibited at the 15th International Architecture La Biennale di Venezia and also at the 2018 China House Vision in Beijing. Crossboundaries is also invited to the next Venice Biennale scheduled for 2021 in the China Pavilion.

The office has been honored with multiple international accolades, most recent of which is the DAM 2021 Award nomination, and it received, among others, the Iconic Award 2020, Architizer A+Award 2020, Special Mention, the 2018 and 2019 German Design Award, Architizer A+ Award 2018, the Architecture MasterPrize 2018 and 2019 and the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2015, Architectural Digest China’s 2015, 2017 and 2019.

PARTNERS

Founders and directors Binke Lenhardt and Hao Dong met each other during their architectural studies at Pratt Institute in New York. In 2002 they moved to Beijing and gained first market knowledge in BIAD, a large well-known design institute. With their first own commission they consequently decided to open an office, starting out with one employee in 2005. Having grown organically over the years, the Beijing office today counts around 15 staff members, with additional interns joining the team during the summer months. The Frankfurt office is set up as a partnership with director Antje Voigt, working independently, while the two locations benefit from professional transfer and exchange, applying the same overall vision that forms Crossboundaries body of work: a people- centered practice, based on a rich well of shared knowledge.

Partners Hao Dong, Binke Lenhardt and Antje Voigt in the Frankfurt office

BINKE LENHARDT

Co-founder and partner of Crossboundaries, established in 2005 in Beijing. She graduated from architecture in Germany and the United States and worked in both countries, before moving to China in 2002. She is a registered architect in Germany and appointed member of the BDA (Association of German Architects) and has been practicing for about two decades working on diverse projects in Germany, Holland, the US and China.

 

Her approach to projects of any given nature and scale is always driven by the curiosity to examine and expand the designated programs so that they reach their highest and most community beneficial potentials. Binke follows the projects of the office all the way to realization, always with a keen attention to details and readiness to learn and improve on available technical solutions. She engages actively in any stage of project development and welcomes the exchange and interaction with the client and user whenever possible.

HAO DONG

Co-founder and partner of Crossboundaries, established in 2005 in Beijing. He graduated from architecture in China and the United States. After studying and working in New York for 5 years, he returned to China in 2002 and as of today has an overall practice experience of about 20 years. Hao Dong is a chartered member of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

 

Besides his extensive global and local experience on architectural and interior design, Hao’s interests center around bridging architecture and education by extending the creative thinking outside the traditional realm of the design practice. Hao is an active public speaker aiming to open dialogues and sharing his creative visions with clients, collaborators, and students through design events, workshops and curation, both within and outside the profession. He is driven by the goal of finding better and more future oriented solutions as well as asking better questions that design should be able to respond to.

ANTJE VOIGT

Co-founder and partner of the Frankfurt office of Crossboundaries, which was established together with Binke Lenhardt in 2012. She graduated from architecture in Germany and studied and practiced in the US, Spain and Switzerland. She is a registered architect in Germany and appointed member of the BDA (Association of German Architects).

 

In her previous research and teaching position at TU Brunswick she investigated industrial buildings and during the course of about 20 years of practicing, she developed a core strength in feasibility studies, programming, moderation processes and the generation of design and planning manuals, believing that a profound analysis of given limitations opens up great opportunities for future solutions. Antje is an advocate for a participatory approach to design and she works actively with many different disciplines and institutions to make sure the solutions given by design are a precise answer to users’ needs.

STAFF

KELLY FENG 冯玥 | office manager
AKI JIAN 蹇林彤 | media admin
LIN ZHOU 周琳 | public relations
CYNTHIA CUI 崔雨柔 | architect
YANG GAO 高旸 | architect
MARIJANA SIMIC | architect
CHANG GU 顾畅 | architect
SILVIA CAMPI 司维雅 | architect
BIAO HUANG 黄彪 | architect
HONGYU YU 于泓浴 | architect
IVAN CHEN 陈鹏宇 | architect
ELENA MIGUELEZ 艾琳娜 | architect
ZIYU ZHAN 詹子愚 | architect

We don’t always wear black

FORMER STAFF

郑峰 Feng Zheng |刘晓东 Xiaodong Liu |成直 Zhi Cheng |刘彦婷 Yanting Liu |王玉珏 Yujue Wang |海洋 Yang Hai |黄婉萍 Wan- ping Huang |李翔 Emilia Li |张嘉岷 Zhang Jiamin |孙志鹏 Zhipeng Sun |DominikaPlacek |文扬 Wen Yang |黄雅婧 Ya Jing Huang |黄艳 Yan Huang |Georg Penner |苏嘉玲 Carlyn So |铜玄庄 Dong HuyenTrang |金泰山 Taishan Jin |薄昭昭 Giacomo Butte |Anna Langmaak |王芳 Fang Wang |黄珊芸 Shanyun Huang |杨超 Chao Yang |Henry Hyung min Choi |魏来 Lai Wei |王晓丹 Xiao Dan Wang |Yannick Guillén |Anastasia Lauberbach |王兴华 Xinghua Wang |Gisela Göttler |孔倩君 Qianjun Kong |高颖 Ying Gao |王 宇 Yu Wang |刘妍廷 Yanting Liu |李松洁 Songjie Li |敖登 Ao Deng |Matthieu Gabay |Carmen Ramírez |Ximi Zheng 郑茜米 |Jotte Seghers |Chango 刘畅 |Dane Calcunovitch |Mehul Patel |Madeleine Kessler |Celia Chung |Olivier Garcé |Clio Dimofski |李紫微 Ziwei Li |Carl-Christian von der Wense |Moritz Coulin |刘蕾 Lei Liu|林皓 Hao Lin |Santi Musmeci |王瑜 Yu Wang |Ioana Suliciu |Cristian Herraiz Muñoz |王旖旖 Yiyi Wang |王天佑 Tianyou Wang |刘凤华 Fenghua Liu |Lucas Zimmermann |Clemens Döhler |Gunnar Sühl |国一鸣 Yiming Guo |王园园 Yuanyuan Wang |彭凯宁 Kaining Peng |何宇妤 Yuyu He |Anne-Charlotte Wiklander |张岑 Cherry Zhang |尚晓超 Sam Shang |Filip Gałuszka |Diego Caro Serrano |Bas Lagendijk |Cristina Portolés |Brecht Van Acker |李振宇 Zhenyu Li |Hayger Chan 陳希格|Maria Francesca Origa |Hugo Ríos |李松名 Songming Li |姜楚卿 Candy Jiang |Anna Pipili |Felix Amiss |陈彦哲 Alex Chen |肖珊珊 Emily Xiao |成思 Si Cheng |KaYuet Nicky Chau 周嘉悦 |张睿Ray Zhang |郭 爽 Iris Guo |Kristina Drapic |桑侃 Sang |何淑妍 Sonia He |李相庭 Xiangting Li |Naruto Tokairin |Elke Scholiers |于杨 Chloris Yu |Aniruddha Mukherjee |邱佩璇 Peixuan Qiu |金茶璇 Kim |Irene Solà Comalada |Mika Woll |汤佳音Dian Tang |罗铭瑜 Jessica Luo |周源 Yuan Zhou |立尼 Libny Pacheco |谈可斌 Kebin Tan |朱丽娅 Julia Lobyntseva |露淳熙 Tracey Loontjens |方若 Ruo Fang |周 业伦 Alan Chou |乔安娜 Andra Ciocoiu |贾莫 Giacomo Squaquara |Mini Liu 刘敏玲 |Sidonie Kade 柯艺丽 | David Eng | Zaiyuan Xiao 肖载源 | Elise Klein Mae 肖丽丝 | Natalie Bennett 巴娜娜| Hannah Wu 吴燕 | Xudong Wang 王旭东 | Li Gan 甘力 | Jennifer Cao 曹赟萃 | Jinghui Hou 候京慧 | Hongyi Hao 郝洪漪 |Sean Yu 于兆雄

CONTACT

    BEIJING

    4 North Gongti Road, Bldg. 39, 5th floor, Room 518.
    Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, P.R. China

    FRANKFURT

    ARCHITEKTENPARTNERSCHAFT mbB LENHARDT + VOIGT
    GUTLEUTSTRASSE 100
    60329 FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY