Like many other cities in China, Hefei is undergoing a rapid transformation. The original urban fabric was torn apart and discarded, replaced by giant blocks of anonymous structures and forms. The present Hefei is just a fleeting moment on its relentless march toward the future.
So, we call it a “Momentary City”.
The neighborhoods that were demolished and the new sites that are under construction fill this Momentary City with scabs. We try to create such a place that create peace and tranquility for people’s souls. It filters out the noise and dust from the outside world, but retains light and its shadow, water and its ripples, wind and it’s sounds, plants and their aroma, a series of momentary phenomena to create a memory that lasts.
A sequence of courtyards, each hosts one of these phenomena are inserted between the indoor space and outdoor city environment, become a visual connection between the building and the city.
The ends of these courtyards are enclosed by industrial fiber glass screens which are hung in two layers. On the courtyards’ side, the colors of the screens change to reflect the various themes of the courtyards. On the city side, the screens remain clear and translucent. This variation in color creates a subtle effect when they are viewed from city side.
When they are seen from different points of view and distances, the screens’ appearance are also shifting. At night, when the courtyards and the trees are lit, the screens glow quietly to cast a faint color on the sidewalks.
The layout of the courtyards is the foundation of a internal logic that informs the transition of the spaces. Sunlight reaches the interiors spaces directly or indirectly through the clerestories on the northern wall. The light made the spaces and time inseparable. With the light changing thorough the day and the seasons, the spaces take on different expressions. Maybe these ever-changing and irreplaceable moments are the precise definition of eternity.
Location: Hefei, China 中国合肥
Client: CR Land 华润置地
Architect: Vector Architects 直向建筑 (http://www.chinese-architects.com/vector)
Design-partner-in-charge: 董功 Gong Dong
Project Architect: 陈嘉俊 Jiajun Chen，孙群 Qun Sun
Structure and Material: Steel Structure钢结构, Corten Steel Panel, Fibre Glass Panel锈钢板, 玻璃钢格栅板, Self-levelling Floor, Gypsum Board, Bamboo Veneer Ceiling 自流平,石膏板,竹饰面天花板
Building Area: 900m2
Design Period: 07/2009-11/2009
Construction Period: 09/2009-12/2009
Structural/Mechanical Engineer: Huanyu Design Institute, Hefei 合肥环宇设计院
Photo Credit: Shuhe Photo舒赫摄影, Vector Architects直向建筑