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CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom

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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 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

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

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

CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom / Vector Architects

CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom / Vector Architects

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The Impact Of The Impressionism Movement On Today’s Art

ArtImpressionism is a term used regularly in art today, as it is one of the more influential art movements that has stood the test of time. They created a style that has managed to challenge future artists to create bolder work then their own, while still timeless depicting the modern world through their own revolutionary work.


Impressionism first got it’s start when a number of painters began using natural ways to light the subjects of their paintings, which gave a freshness and naturalism to the very best paintings of the movement. Artists when the movement first started would usually band together and show their paintings in random studios, as they were refused by official galleries who never recognized their work. The first recorded exhibition, in 1874, featured the likes of Claude Monet’s Impression: Sunrise and was slammed by critics, who thought these paintings looked unfinished. This was obviously due to the fact that the movement had not yet hit the mainstream and the critics who saw the opening had little to no sense of where art was going next.


An impressionist paints a landscape or outdoor setting in a very short amount of time and as the light changes they will stop and return the following day at the same time, so that they can have longer in that particular setting. This method allowed the paintings to actually be more realistic than any other paintings in history, thanks not only to the aforementioned technique but also the fact that painting supplies were much easier to transport than they ever had been in the past. While other painters had tried to paint landscapes, the Impressionists were the first ones to pull it off with regularity and with such photorealistic results. That said, there were a number of impressionist painters who did not have the same intention with their work, meaning that while they had incredibly similar styles, they had completely different artistic aims.

For example, Edgar Degas and Georges Seurat were painters who had been trained in actual schools, whereas Pierre Auguste Renoir tried to replicate his travels in Italy primarily and reacted to fellow impressionist contemporary Monet, calling his work formlessness. Paul Cezanne said there was a lack of intellect to most of his fellow impressionist painters, as well as the order of color and used specific long directional brushstrokes in all of his work. The most notable impressionist was, of course, Vincent Van Gogh who mixed a number of different styles together, which have been tagged with titles like Realist, Expressionist and Symbolist.


The greatest and perhaps saddest irony is that the impressionist painters were generally not appreciated while they were alive, having a difficult time even surviving as artists, much less becoming wealthy. Today, impressionist paintings are generally considered to be some of the most valuable in the world, with paintings regularly priced and sold at tens of millions of dollars. Van Gogh, who is considered the master of the Impressionists and was perhaps the poorest and most troubled, has an entire museum dedicated to him and his work in Amsterdam today. Clearly the impressionists were before their time.



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