The Folding Boat

Innovative Multifunctional Space Recognized for Excellence in Idea and Conceptual Design

COMO, CO, ITALY, July 2, 2024 / — The A’ Design Award, a highly respected recognition in the field of idea design, has announced Xuechen Chen as a winner of the Silver A’ Idea Design Award for the exceptional work titled “The Folding Boat.” This prestigious accolade celebrates Chen’s outstanding contribution to the Idea and Conceptual Design category, showcasing the project’s innovative approach to creating a multifunctional space that seamlessly integrates a rowing facility, library, and museum.

The Folding Boat’s recognition in the A’ Idea Design Awards underscores its significance not only to Xuechen Chen but also to the broader Idea industry and its stakeholders. By demonstrating a novel approach to designing multifunctional spaces, this project serves as an inspiration for architects, designers, and community planners seeking to optimize land use and enhance the user experience. The award validates the design’s potential to influence future trends and practices in the field.

Situated along the Harlem River, The Folding Boat captivates with its unique folded metal roof, which elegantly defines the interior space by blending walls and ceilings. This distinctive feature not only echoes the site’s varied topography but also contributes to the project’s striking aesthetic appeal. The meticulous placement of elements respects the diverse programs, circulation patterns, and urban landscape, resulting in a harmonious and functional design that serves the community college, local residents, and rowing enthusiasts alike.

The Silver A’ Idea Design Award serves as a testament to Xuechen Chen’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural design and exploring innovative solutions. This recognition is expected to inspire the designer and her team to continue pursuing groundbreaking concepts that address the evolving needs of communities and users. As The Folding Boat gains international exposure, it has the potential to spark meaningful conversations and collaborations within the Idea industry.

The Folding Boat was designed by Xuechen Chen, an architect and visual artist based in New York. Chen’s creative journey is deeply rooted in the materialist architecture process, where she deconstructs and reassembles materials within the digital realm.

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About Xuechen Chen
Xuechen Chen, an architect and visual artist in New York, draws inspiration from urban environments, focusing on city dynamics and subtle urban experiences. She holds degrees in B. ARCH from Pratt Institute and M. Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Her creative journey is deeply rooted in the materialist architecture process, where she deconstructs and reassembles materials within the digital realm. She has recently launched her very own personal studio, X.C Studio. Xuechen Chen is originally from China.

About Silver A’ Design Award
The Silver A’ Design Award recognizes exceptional designs that demonstrate innovation, functionality, and aesthetic appeal within the Idea and Conceptual Design category. Recipients are selected based on a rigorous evaluation process, which considers criteria such as originality of concept, practicality of implementation, sustainability, social impact, and market readiness. The award celebrates designs that push the boundaries of creativity while addressing real-world challenges and user needs. By adhering to the highest standards of excellence, Silver A’ Design Award winners contribute to the advancement of the Idea industry and inspire future generations of designers.

About A’ Design Award
The A’ Idea and Conceptual Design Award is an esteemed international design competition that attracts a diverse range of participants, including visionary designers, innovative agencies, forward-thinking companies, and influential organizations. Established in 2008, the A’ Design Award is now in its 16th year and remains dedicated to its philanthropic mission of enhancing society through the power of good design. By providing a global platform for recognition and exposure, the award encourages the development of superior products and projects that positively impact the world. Entries undergo a blind peer-review process by an expert jury panel, ensuring a fair and rigorous evaluation based on pre-established criteria. Interested parties may learn more about the A’ Design Awards, explore jury members, view past laureates, and participate with their projects at:

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