As so many other in the country, Shanxi Province experienced a full speed urban development, which led to the destruction of the spatial context that once inscribed the memory of people’s everyday lives. Changjiang Art Museum, as a cultural and share
This building sits in a river valley amongst the forests of Wuling Mountain, a scenic area north of Beijing. The site abuts a steep rock cliff to the west, and to the east opens out to an expansive view of the valley’s alluvial plains, and beyond the
Haibing Center of Nankai University aims to provide the old campus with a multifunctional cultural space for students, faculty members, and alumni. The site is flanked by water on both sides, the east side facing Horseshoe Lake, on the central axis o
The building is embedded into the gently undulating ground of the wetland by means of a porous framework structure interwoven with the surrounding trees, creating a place closely bound to nature. Through the ‘embedding’ process the lower architectura
El punto de partida del proyecto, ubicado en el parque Taoyuan de Chongqing, en el corazón de China, fue la fusión entre el edificio y las líneas ondulantes que caracterizan la topografía del lugar. Con este fin, en vez de construir un ‘objeto’ dispu
Located in an ecological farm alongside the Yang Cheng Lake in Kunshan, not far from Shanghai, the project consists of four small-scale public buildings, the most important ones being the Harvest Pavilion and the visitor center. The Harvest Pavilion,
The image that inspires the project is that of an old boat adrift in the ocean for years. With time, the ocean recedes and leaves an empty structure behind, still lying on the beach. Starting from this poetic image, the project focuses on both the in
Devoted to presenting the intangible cultural patrimony of China to the public, the building is located within the Horticultural Exposition Park of Suzhou, a city that has been declared a World Heritage Site, west of Shanghai. It falls within a well
Located in the core of Beijing’s old town, the building is part of an urban operation that aims to improve life quality through the renovation of several courtyard-buildings of the traditional zayuan type, formed by an irregular open space and a clus
The restaurant is situated behind the library by the same architects, very close to the sea. We initiated the design process by investigating how best to create a coexisting relationship with the massive and solid library volume. The idea was that, i
The M Woods Entrance Revitalization is an urban renewal project in the 798 Art Zone of Beijing. The site was originally an abandoned industrial warehouse and then started functioning as an art museum from 2014 onwards. The museum management decided t
China has the geographic entity of a continent, the economic potential of a small planet, and the complexity of a macrocosmos with room aplenty for different geographies, tongues, and idiosyncracies. China is the politically unanimous country organiz
Since the early 1980s, China’s focus has been fundamentally shifted towards economic development. And it was not until that time that the country opened its doors to integrate with the world. Reflecting in the practice of architecture and the theoret
Gong Dong builds with light and with matter. The Beijing architect was dazzled by light on the other side of the Pacific, through his post-graduate training in Illinois; he built luminous and somber works on the coasts of China and deep in the countr
Gong Dong studied in Tsinghua and Illinois, and set up Vector Architects just over ten years ago, a studio whose work has soon earned international recognition.
Respect for nature and critical reinterpretation of building tradition: these are two features of the generation of Chinese architects to which Gong Dong belongs.
In an interview at his studio, Gong Dong analyzes his architecture and explains the projects as the result of a demanding and solitary work process.
Libraries have been one of the symbols of bourgeois society. Originally confined to monasterios and palaces, distant havens of elitist knowledge, libraries eventually became quintessential public spaces in the capitalist and increasingly democratic c
The mountainous Yangshuo Country in southern China has just seen the opening of the Alilo Yangshuo resort hotel complex designed by the Beijing-based firm Vector Architects. The project involved retaining and repurposing the installations of an old,