Charles Phu

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Charles Phu (Traditional Chinese: 符傳禎; Russian: Чарльз Фу), is a London-based architectural designer and opera set designer.[1] Countries and regions in which his design works are located include Europe, Russia, USA, China, India, Taiwan, and the Middle East. Phu is the founder and design director of the London-based design practice Office for Architectural Culture, as known as OAC. He is the creator of the CCK Presidential Memorial Library and Museum in Taipei, and the chief design architect of 'Okhta Centre', now known as Lakhta Centre, in Saint Petersburg.

Charles Phu was selected one of the 18 prominent international architects by Italian journalists for an exhibition and book Future Roots in 2011, premiered at the Triennale di Milano during Milan Design Week 2012.

Phu has made a number of studies on architecture and cultures including Uyghurs, Mongolians, Uzbeks along the ancient Silk Road.


Phu created a number of tall buildings, cultural buildings and master plan designs. Amongst his design works are:

  • CCK Chi-Hai Cultural Park - Chiang Ching-Kuo Presidential Memorial Library and Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. The project's ground breaking ceremony was held in August 2014
  • The controversial Okhta Centre project (including the 463-meter high tower and concert hall) in St Petersburg, Russia, for which he was the Chief Design Architect.[2] Its construction is expected to be completed in 2018.
  • Famen Temple World Zen Meditation Park and Museums Development, Shaanxi, China
  • International Oceanic Fishing Cultural Centre Development, Tanmen, China
  • Dankuni New Township Master Plan, Kolkata, India
  • China World Trade Center Tower III (330m) and shangri-la Summit Wing Hotel in Beijing[3]
  • Beijing Financial Street[citation needed], including Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Florida, USA[4][5]

Okhta Centre[edit]

In 2010 it was reported by Russian and UK press that Charles Phu said at a public debate in London that the architect has been getting regular memoranda from Vladimir Putin, encouraging them to go ahead with the project of Okhta Centre and promising support from the government.[6][7][8] This resulted in widespread press coverage and heated public discussions but was proved to be untrue according to Putin, Phu himself and the participants.[9][10]

Opera set design[edit]

After designing opera productions in Asia and North America, Phu made his UK debut as an opera designer with Sonya's Story, which premiered in London on 7 August 2010. The critic from The Independent described Phu's sets and lighting for the premiere production as "elegant".[11] In 2013 Phu created the set and lighting designs for the opera 'Cosi fan tutte' in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the first opera production in Dubrovnik in 48 years.


  1. ^ Building Magazine, 2008
  2. ^ Okhta Centre Official Site
  3. ^ Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
  4. ^ Charles Rose Architects
  5. ^ Minyoung Song Architects
  6. ^ [1], За "Охта-центром" открылась новая высота: Соавтор проекта скандальной высотки заявил о поддержке премьера Путина
  7. ^ [2], Фу: Путин активно поддерживает 'Охта-центр'
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-05. , Финальная схватка против Охта-Центра
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-05. , Один из авторов Охта-Центра заявил о поддержке Путина
  10. ^ [3], Автор "Охта-центра": Поддержку строительству оказывает сам Путин
  11. ^ Duchen, Jessica (24 August 2010). "Review: Sonya’s Story, Riverside Studios, London". The Independent

Further reading[edit]

  • "New Style" magazine - 'Чарльз Фу', London, UK, July–August 2014. Issue 133
  • "ARCHITEKTUR", Germany, Apr/Mai 2013
  • "MARK", June/July 2013. No.44
  • "Designer and Designing" magazine - Life of Designer: Life is elsewhere Building belongs to the local - Charles Phu, 2014. Issue 70
  • "Future Roots", Donata Sartorio, Skira Editore, Italy, 2012
  • "Vanity Fair", Italia 18 aprile 2012
  • "焦點人物 – 品人生: 符傳禎", 數位時代, 二00七年 九月
  • "New Architecture in China", Bernard Chan, Merrell. 2005 ( 0 Reviews on
  • "Charles Rose, Architect", Princeton Architectural Press, February, 2006
  • "Site/Architecture" – Thompson and Rose Architects. University of Michigan College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 1998
  • "Voice of Architecture", "Expert interview - Charles Phu: An Architectural Poet from Taiwan", April, 2010 (there is no such project even in Google search)[citation needed]
  • "Opera" Magazine - Sonya's Story, reviewed by Jessica Duchen, October 2010
  • CommonWealth Magazine- Charles Phu: Taiwanese Architect Designs Europe's Highest Building, February 2012. Issue 490