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Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
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Great design is often credited to the actual designer, and while of course this is warranted, in my opinion not enough attention gets placed on the vision of the client. This relationship is at the heart of great design.

Located along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline in Tianjin, China, the Vanke Triple V is the permanent show gallery and tourist information centre for Vanke, China’s largest real estate developer.

Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
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The triangular shape of the building emerged from the three physical design parameters; the triangular shape of the site, the surrounding low-rise buildings and the site’s close proximity to the ocean.

Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
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Furthermore, the interior of the building is divided into three spaces based on the programmatic brief from Vanke. The gallery and the information centre have separate entrances and can operate independently, but can be joined together by discussions in the central lounge area.

Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
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As I alluded to earlier, great clients have a vision of what they want. Not necessarily a design per se–they have the notion that they want to be astounded by what they see. They push and pull and prod the design team to come up with something amazing and show trust in their talent.

Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
© CI&A Photography

Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
© CI&A Photography

And of course, they have the resources to make things happen. If more “designers” could actually become “clients”, I wonder how different things would be? I think you and I should find out.
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