Named Chinese Blue to reflect the contrast between the monochromatic buildings and the city’s bright blue sky, the architecture is depicted in his characteristic minimalist style.
Weiss took the opportunity to photograph the buildings in Beijing after visiting the Chinese capital to complete a project with Mini Living.
“China is a relatively closed country with a great history and is proud of its tradition,” Weiss told Dezeen. “I wanted to photograph the younger buildings which do not necessarily correspond to the Chinese tradition.”
The twin cocoon shapes of Galaxy SOHO designed by Zaha Hadid Architects features in three of the 20 photographs in Chinese Blue.
The building features layers of white coils that are moulded together near the tops to form walkways. Photographed from below, Weiss accentuates the curves and stretched forms of the bridges.
“I look for the personality of a building and its secrets or traits,” continued the photographer, who hopes that his photographs “converse” with the architecture.
Most of the photographs in the series are focused upon a section of the building, rather than trying to show it in its entirety.
“My intention is to only extract and underline what is already there,” explained Weiss.
In a photo essay for Dezeen, Weiss wrote that his abstract representations of architecture is intended to separate it from the urban context.
This was demonstrated in his Valencia series concentrating on the works of Santiago Calatrava in 2017, where he deliberately zoomed in on the overlapping details and struts to create a kaleidoscopic composition.
Continuing this style of abstraction in Chinese Blue, photographs show an isolated view through Beijing’s national stadium, which was nicknamed the Bird’s Nest during the 2008 Olympics.
Negative space is created from its namesake hollow, criss-crossing structure around the bowl of the arena.
The second national building in the collection is the National Centre for the Performing Arts, located behind a lake and designed by Paul Andreu to appear as if emerging from the water.
Shot by Weiss, the reflection of the domed structure is mirrored into the lake in front.
“I was most impressed by Paul Andreu’s National Centre for the Performing Arts,” said Weiss. “A beautiful, harmonious building, it’s a place of silence and contemplation in the middle of the noisy and turbulent city.”
Despite multiple projects by prominent architecture studios featuring in his Beijing series, Weiss states that he chooses his architectural subjects by “charisma” than popularity.
Amongst projects of civic and national recognition, Weiss captures Andersen Garden Housing Complex – a residential complex with a sequence of six, white-granite clad towers designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen.
In Chinese Blue, the project is pictured as a lone tower with protruding and recessing balconies, which alternate down the facade. Taken through Weiss’ signature minimalist style, the tower appears to lose its three-dimensional appearance.
Weiss originally studied civil engineering at the Technical University in Dresden. Influenced more by the viewpoints of a building than its technical construction, he turned to art direction as a career for the last 15 years.
He explained that his occupational focus using minimalism has undoubtedly moulded his photography style.
“While working for museums and publishing houses, they put a lot of emphasis on modern, reduced design to direct the focus to the contents.”
Based in Hamburg, Weiss is the photographer behind the Instagram account Le Blanc where he documents his shots from around the world.
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