Open Architecture, commercial offices for Vanke in Guangzhou (China)
Photos: Zhang Chao
The Beijing firm Open Architecture – directed by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing – has created HEX-SYS, a modular construction system based on combining hexagonal cells. The first prototype where this system has been applied contains commercial offices and a showroom of the real estate developer Vanke, located near an urban development of the Chinese city of Guangzhou. Slightly raised, the temporary structure can be easily disassembled, for later reassembly elsewhere. The configuration is composed of 40-square-meter modules shaped like inverted umbrellas, the triangular pieces of which are opaque or filter light in, as needed. Each hexagon rests on a central pillar, which contains a conduit to channel river water to a tank for subsequent reuse in irrigation. Panels of glass or anodized aluminum have been used for the exterior claddings, while the interior surfaces are covered with bamboo plywood. The hexagonal mosaic allows flexible groupings adapted to the functional requirements of each project.
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