The 'Jianzi Box' is a Modern Version of an Ancient Chinese Game

By: Christopher Magsambol - Oct 9, 2015
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The 'Jianzi Box' in Beijing is meant to reinvigorate a sense of community in the city while paying homage to an ancient game. The object of Jianzi was to keep a heavily-weighed shuttlecock from touching the ground. The game encouraged many people to come together and to work toward a common goal -- not dissimilar to a simple game of keep-up.

For Beijing Design Week, architects decided to reinterpret the game and invert its meaning to create the Jianzi Box. The Jianzi Box was built on a large vacant lot and is made from thousands of multi-colored shuttlecocks. Rather than keeping up a single piece like the ancient game, the structure instead surrounds children and community members and encourages social interaction within the space. The goal for the project was to promote a sense of spontaneity and dynamism, qualities missing from Beijing's modern culture.