Introduction

Vector Architects was founded in 2008, Beijing. During eleven years’ practice, we have always believed that design needs to confront problems, and it should be the attitude an architect ought to possess. Regarding the ontological architectural thinking, Site, Light and Making are our major focuses when we design architecture.

No architecture can be off the site. We believe each site has its certain spirit that already exists. It could be a unique landscape, a bustling city scenario, or the lively people and their movements. What we are favored of is to discover such energy through a precise action in architectural space, and transform it into people’s perceptions and lives. It is just like when we put a piece of stone into the water, and it generates ripples around, which enables us to realize the water flow. In this sense, architecture is neither the beginning nor the end. Instead, it is a medium, a medium to connect and reveal.

Natural light, while illuminates the fixed, tangible materials and boundaries of space, melts their physical limitations simultaneously. Light is an energy that grants suffused emotion and ambience to space. As the sun moves along its trajectory through the day, with the shifting weathers and seasons, this intangible quality is ever-changing. For architecture, light is an "observation" for our eyes, and an "immersion" for body and soul.

Architecture is the art of "making." In the Chinese construction industry, many seemingly shortcomings, such as “lags”, “chaos” and “defects”, are something that architects might take advantage of, and transform into positive potentials. We insist on the strategy of "working together with construction workers". For each project, we send a site architect to participate in the entire process of construction – from the initial manufacture and experimentation of materials, the testing and correction of details, later on to the full supervision and cooperation on site. It is this long lasting process of adaptation and collaboration that gives us more opportunities to learn the wisdom of making from local and on-site workers lively, and constantly amend the limitations and deviations during the design drawing stage.

Founder / Design Principal

DONG Gong founded Vector Architects in 2008. He was elected as the Foreign Member of French Academy of Architecture in 2019 and in the same year, was appointed as the Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been teaching Design Studios at Tsinghua University since 2014. He and Vector Architects have been invited to various major exhibitions, including the 2018 Free Space Venice Biennale, and have won international awards such as “100+ Best Architecture Firms” selected by Domus (2019); nominated for the Swiss Architectural Award (2018); the overall winner of the Italian “Archmarathon Awards” (2016); and the “Design Vanguard” selected by Architectural Record (2014). DONG Gong has been invited as a guest speaker and critic by academic and professional institutions including Tsinghua University (China), The Technical University of Madrid (Spain), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich-ETH (Switzerland), and la Société Franç des Architectes (France). Vector's projects have been published in Casabella, Arquitectura Viva, The New York Times, A+U, Detail, The Architectural Review, Domus, and many others. The firm’s representative works include Seashore Library, Seashore Chapel, Alila Hotel in Yangshuo, the Renovation of the Captain’s House, Changjiang Art Museum, and Suzhou Intangible Cultural Center.

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Team

Ma Xiao Kai, Zhao Liang Liang, Li Jin Teng, Zhang Han, Feng Chao Ying, Lyu Ru, Tao Wei, Guo Tian Shu, Chen Gong, Guan Shi Peng, Shang Jing Jing, Zhang Li Wen, Lai Jian Xi, Huang Tian Zhi, Ai Xin, Li Mo Fei, Li Jia Hui, Liu Shi Da