The tea factory is located in a rugged area of steep slopes and tropical flora. Hence the decision to apply the strategy of embedding the entire program into the mountain, and covering it with an artificial hill: a formation of stepped green roofs. W
On a slope of the Yanshan Mountains in northern China, at one end of the east-west axis that crosses Beijing, the theater rises as a material symbol of the contrast between the sinuous natural landscape and the vast open urban setting of the city. Th
The building was carefully oriented in such a way that the entire complex would reconcile the two realities underlying the particular spatial character of the city of Ningbo, where the sea, ever imperturbable, faces the bustle of the community...
The geometry addresses the adjoining urban spaces and its curves redefine the different uses of the square. In the section, the concert hall and a meditation room are superposed, connected by tubes to send sound from one to the other. The round conce
The broad program – museum, cultural center, market, and open-air theater – is addressed through a decentralized scheme, with a promenade linking the buildings and stretching through the entire site, from the square below to the roof garden...
The project renovates an old industrial complex, and with the idea of preserving what already exists it organizes the program around two courtyards: a central one dominated by camphor and wood, and a space to the west with a pond and brick finishes..
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
Located at the northern edge of Beijing, Jinshanling is a two-hour drive from the heart of the city, and is on its way to becoming a destination resort with a very active public life. The village is embraced by undulating mountains in all directions
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
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
Inserted into a typical Chinese courtyard-block, the library is located at the northwest corner of the historical district of Yantai, a port city in northern China. The enclave appeared cluttered or messy, with structures added by residents over the
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
The hotel sits in the picturesque Li River valley of Yangshuo, surrounded by the region’s characteristic karst mountain scenery. In this unique context, the project intervenes on an old sugar mill built in the 1960s, which had been beautifully preser
Situado a tres horas de Pekín y abierto hacia el mar, el edificio completa el equipamiento cultural de un conjunto de vacaciones cuyo objetivo es recuperar los lazos con la naturaleza.
The Beijing firm Vector Architects has renovated this house on the southeast end of Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian Province, for the captain of a ship and his family. The intervention addressed the deterioration of the building by adding a 12-centimeter-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
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.
Respect for nature and critical reinterpretation of building tradition: these are two features of the generation of Chinese architects to which Gong Dong belongs.
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.
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
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
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,