Vector Architecture – Green Technology Showroom

It jumped out at me because it is very much like my last assignment (post on it’s way)
I also wished to incorporate these grassy type walls – It’s great to see it in practice.

It’s funny, i had no idea this project existed though you’ll see some direct link with mine.  

Although green in a literal sense, the use of rammed earth and grass on the walls also has it’s own advantages, on top of a creating an interesting visual aesthetic.       

The advantages:
1. Reduce the heat gain and loss and enhance the thermal efficiency.
2. The grass panels will reduce storm water runoff.
3. Although the central lawn is taken away to make room for this building, but we effectively tripled the original planting area by using the grass panels on the roof and two facades.
4. Grass wall panel is planned to be relocated onto the partial fence of the residential compound after demolition.
5. Visually harmonize the temporary structure with the existing garden and the so called “Classic Spanish” Style 


Architect: Vector Architecture
Location: Beijing, China
Project Year: 2008
Client: CR Land
Design Partner in Charge: Gong Dong
Managing Partner in Charge: Hongyu Zhang
Project Architect: Shuo Li
Site Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Vector Architecture


Design Concept:

The project is a “temporary” Green Technology Showroom of 3-year use for one of CR Land’s (华润置地) residential projects in Beijing. The idea is to develop the concept of “Temporary” from a meaningful perspective, to design a piece of floating “installation” in the garden, which could be built, demolished, and recycled through an easy and straightforward way with the least impact to the planned site.

Sustainable Features:

Site Selection

We are involved into the project at early stage when client tried to specify the building footprint within the residential compound. The location was finalized at the central lawn, where we believe in that:

1. the minimal impact of the designed landscape construction
2. the minimal impact of planned pedestrian circulation
3. Easy Demolition and Site recovery after use

Structure System Selection

We used the steel structure as the main structural system of the building, therefore,

1. The structural member can be reused after building is eventually taken down.
2. Overlap the structural member factory fabrication time with the site excavation, thus minimizing the construction schedule.
3. The building is elevated, greatly reducing the excavation and foundation work, thus allowing easy demolition and site recovery after use
Building Envelope: Vertical Grass Wall Paneling system and Green Roof

We apply the vertical grass panel system and green roof onto the building envelop,


Concrete Tube Pendant Light by Wever & Ducré


Belgian architectural lighting manufacturer Wever & Ducré have a new pendant light.

From Wever & Ducré:

The Concrete Tube by Belgian designer Wall-y catches the eye immediately with its concrete look. It fits in perfectly with our quest for new materials and our love and respect for concrete. It should be said: this material is very hard to make, yet the result is magnificent. This hanging lamp gets its teeth into the room, as it were, and scores high on ‘cuddliness’. The Concrete Tube is ideal for minimalist homes, loft-style apartments, restaurants and offices.

Visit the website of Wever & Ducré – here.
via contemporist

I’m a bit of a concrete fanatic – and absolutely swooned when I saw this!
I love the industrial feel – and the fact that it isn’t a perfect finish on the cylinder just adds to its rough aesthetics – A lovely feature to any brutalist home or office :)

Nest Architects – Gorman Shipshop


Nest Architects are a Melbourne based architecture and design practice and the minds behind this bright and resourceful shipping container conversion.

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Oppenheim Architects – The Art Vault


From Oppenheim Architects comes the ‘stacked kleenex boxes’ better known as the art vault - 

A psychedelic swirl of flowers and colours that may remind the older generation of their acid tripping days - 

Oppenheim Architecture + Design have unveiled plans to build an art storage facility in Miami, USA.

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Sebastian Irarrazaval- Pedro Lira House

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I was delighted to hear that one of my favourite architects and designers Sebastian Irarrazaval has been awarded for his ‘Pedro Lira House’ and will also feature in the just published Phaidon atlas of the 21st century World Architecture  -
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State of the industry – Architects in turmoil

An article from the Age describes a bleak outlook for Architects in the upcoming years.

“One source put the Melbourne job losses at more than 100, with such firms as John Wardle, Hassell, Bates Smart, ARM and Hayball all believed to have made cuts.”

Some of the biggest names in Australian architecture are having to lay off their workers, making the world financial crisis a scary reality for many – the cuts come as a direct result of clients tightening their belts, and deferring major projects -
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