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Momentary City - CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects

  • 01:00 - 4 January, 2010
Momentary City - CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects
Momentary City - CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects, © Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects
© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hefei, China
  • Architect

    Vector Architects
  • Design Partner In Charge

    Gong Dong
  • Project Architect

    Jiajun Chen, Qun Sun
  • Structural/Mechanical Engineer

    Huanyu Design Institute, Hefei
  • Client

    CR Land
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. 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.

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© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects

So, we call it a “Momentary City”.

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© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects

The neighborhoods that were demolished and the new sites that are under construction fill this “Momentary City” with scabs. We try to design such a place that creates 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.

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© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects

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 fibre 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.

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© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects

The layout of the courtyards is the foundation of an 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 such ever-changing and irreplaceable moments are the precise definition of eternity?

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© Shuhe Photo & Vector Architects
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Momentary City - CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects" 04 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/45213/momentary-city-vector-architects/>
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20 Comments

xavier_chen · March 26, 2013

as a chinese,i got to say so rejoice to see such beautiful and sophisticated work in the archdaily,the layout of the hut impress me alot.
congratulate to the Vector again.

Michal Ziso · August 05, 2011

Momentary City – CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/yYFGk0H via @archdaily -love the facades

SymmetryDevelopments · November 21, 2010

Momentary City by Vector Architects. Sweet.
http://www.archdaily.com/45213...

Chris Littleford · September 17, 2010

Momentary City – CR Land Hefei Dongdajie Sales Pavilion / Vector Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/fBxmFVr via @archdaily

RGoldschmidt · January 08, 2010

I stayed incredibly pleasantly surprised at what I read here. And I'm the same views on this project. Frankly, I'm not too interested in that territory was. The idea is that a project is very pleasant sight and probably very comfortable. I love picture of snow, but that put too much emphasis on the trees, knowing that China is highly polluted. For my part for Vector Arhitects: In many such projects!

rupert · January 07, 2010

totally delicious, lovely lovely lovely glimpses of spaces...

chicago_g · January 06, 2010

can't believe this is a developer's project in china!!! poetic concept with a precise excution.

liubin · January 11, 2011 02:12 PM

There are many better buildings in china.Don't surprise at it.If you have time and some interest in china,welcome to you at all times.

word · January 06, 2010

wow, exceptional project inside and out. very well done

modwest · January 05, 2010

Stunningly beautiful... for now. unfortunately it looks like that corten is already leaving streaks on those white panels. I wonder how well it will look in five years or so... There is a lot here to be admired even so.

gbc · January 05, 2010

Dustin... The cladding is corten steel. If you like it you should see some work from Rick Joy.

Dustin · January 05, 2010 02:24 PM

Thank you, I will do that.

xetsn · January 05, 2010

Beautiful space. Like the snowing picture.
Well done!

igor · January 05, 2010

Generally it is very good architecture. In details, slight chinese connotation is what is missing in that "noodle soup".

Joshua · January 05, 2010

material is not confortbal enough.

Diana2807 · January 05, 2010

As a Chinese, can't believe project here can be finished in such quality.

Nicholas Patten · January 05, 2010

Nicely Designed: Momentary City. http://bit.ly/8QE3hL

hyon · January 05, 2010

Don't know whether it was intentional or not, but the snow picture does really give it a temporal quality to the building - as if given enough time the whole place would fade into nothing. Beautiful.

oscar falcón lara · January 05, 2010

It's quite interesting, conceptually speaking it's perfect and it's very well finished from what I can tell from the photos.

??? · January 05, 2010

IN CHINA????????~?????

Dustin · January 05, 2010

what kind of cladding is it?

arch1980 · January 05, 2010 07:16 AM

corten steel / fibre glass panel

bill · January 04, 2010

Quite beautiful.
Love how it does to the edge of the street.

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