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Vector Architects Momentary City in Hefei, China

Thursday, December 6th 2012. | Architecture

It is dubbed by Hefei, this building is undergoing a fast transformation. The material urban fabric was torn apart & discarded, substituted by giant blocks of structures & forms. The present Hefei is a fleeting moment on its inexorable march toward the future. Designed by Vector Architects, its perfections comes known by Momentary City.

The neighborhood surroundings which demolished & the new sites that are under construction fill this Momentary City with scabs. the design of this building is created intended to have peace & tranquility. So it surely filters out the noise & dust from the outside world, but retains light & its shadow, water & its ripples, wind & it sounds, plants & their aroma, a series of momentary phenomena to generate a memory that lasts.

The courtyards part, each hosts of these phenomena inserted between both indoor space & outdoor surroundings,where it becomes a visual connection between the building & the city. The ends of these courtyards are characterized by industrial fibre glass screens which are hung in layers. On the courtyards side, the colors of the screens modify to reflect the various themes of the courtyards. On the city side, the screens stay clear & 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 & distances, the screen appearance are also shifting. At night, when the courtyards & the trees are lit, the screens will glow beautifully to cast a faint color on the sidewalks.

The layout of the courtyards becomes the foundation of an internal logic which informs the transition of the spaces. Sunlight reaches the interiors spaces directly through the clerestories on the northern wall. The light made the spaces & time inseparable. With the light changing thorough the day & the seasons, the spaces take on different expressions. Possibly such ever-changing & irreplaceable moments are the exact definition of eternity? surely it grabs people attention as its model is so eye-catching.

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