The world-renowned architectural designer. The winner of the third-time international architecture “Oscar” Andrew Martin Award has spent eight years devoted himself to a series of renovation projects of the Forbidden City. His representative works include the Beijing Olympics project Beihu No. 9 Club, Beijing Forbidden City, Forbidden Books, and other large-scale projects. Executive President and Creative Director of Beijing Jimei Group.
Liang Jianguo in front of him, dressed in Chinese black clothes, clasped his hands, smiled lightly, spoke casually, and was polite in his speech and manners.
Over the past ten years, this implicit and introverted designer has always adopted “the contemporization of Chinese culture” as a design concept, advocating to interpret Chinese culture with modern lifestyles and life needs. In the process of putting this idea into practice, he unreservedly demonstrated his preference for jade.
Liang Jianguo believes that stone is a necessity for design, and its inherent original ecological temperament and later processing plasticity are unmatched by all building decoration materials. “The most important thing in designing is to return to the raw materials itself. Without good raw materials, no matter how good the design concept is, it will not help.” In order to learn more about stone and explore new materials, Liang Jianguo has paid special attention to the stone exhibition in recent years. “People who have not participated in the stone fair will think that stone is just a traditional industry, and Xiamen International Stone Fair will completely overturn your impression. It turns out that a small stone can be made so novel and unique, high-end atmosphere, and full of luxury. .”
As a designer who has been dealing with stone for a long time, Liang Jianguo is fascinated by stone. In recent years, he has become obsessed with designing with jade.
Liang Jianguo has a special liking for jade building materials. In his view, China has always been known as the “state of jade”. The jade culture is unique to the Chinese nation, and it has continued to this day without interruption. Since ancient times, jade has had strong aesthetic significance and collection value and is a symbol of beauty and nobility.
“Jade makes one’s heart stable.” Liang Jianguo, who has decades of experience in appreciating jade, hiding jade, and using jade, is rooted in his heart. “You get a piece of ancient jade in your hand and know its value. It will give you a special sense of trust. This kind of psychological hint is the function of jade. And jade is also alive. When you activate the energy of jade, you talk to it. If you are not careful, you will be fascinated by it. You Wearing a jade bracelet and a jade pull finger, you will feel that your aura will immediately become different, and your heart will become very calm. When jade is placed in the house, it will also bring a better aura to the house. Everyone in the house has a more down-to-earth mood.”
Chinese literati like to say “Qionglou Yuyu”. The beautiful jade-carved houses are almost synonymous with heaven in people’s minds, and it is the dream of Chinese people. But in the past, due to the limitation of productivity, it was impossible for anyone to really build a house and make space with precious jade.
“In the past, even in the daily life of the royal family, jade only appeared in places such as tableware, furniture, etc. But today, with the extremely improved productivity, the rapid development of productivity such as technology, electricity, transportation, and equipment has hidden deep in the mountains. Hundreds of millions of years of jade have been explored, mined, transported, processed, designed, and used, and re-interpreted, and subverted. In the past, many impossibilities became possible. Qionglou Yuyu, which was impossible in the past, can already be achieved under today’s productivity conditions. It is realized.” Liang Jianguo told the “Haixi Stone” magazine that jade, as a building material, is actually a very precious and scarce stone. The golden years from the Andes, with obvious dragon-scale red lines, and the internal flocculent textures are piled up like clouds; good light transmission effect, the overall tone is perfect and unified, and Jiri is warm. These jade stones have great cultural taste and noble temperament.
“Jade decoration is not only in line with the concept of environmental protection, but more importantly, jade can embody the traditional Chinese sentiment and culture, which other building materials cannot have.” Liang Jianguo said. The development of China’s urbanization has brought unlimited development space to the building materials market and provided opportunities for urban infrastructure construction, engineering construction, and home decoration design innovation for residents’ daily lives. In the building materials market, jade has gradually become one of the building materials for high-end decoration.
So, how to make good use of jade building materials?
In this regard, Mr. Liang Jianguo gave a simple example. “For example, my improved Ming-style furniture puts a piece of jade behind the theme. In this way, it shows the difference in the theme. At the same time, according to health maintenance, jade has the effect of calming the nerves.” In his eyes, the living room can use jade. For decoration, the study is also a good place to use jade. Yu’s subtle and warm cultural atmosphere is especially suitable for the study. “It is the literati who really appreciate jade. If you use it well in the study, it will be more suitable than any place.” He also specifically mentioned the jade screen, which he once used in design work. “As soon as the jade screen is released, the feeling of dignity will be felt.”
The characteristics of jade are solid, dense, warm, and delicate. In Liang Jianguo’s eyes, the value of jade lies not only in the value of the material itself and the traditional symbols carried but also in the new energy given to it by the user. “This energy includes the special design and the beauty of jade that we have discovered. Jade is a thing that looks better and better, and its energy is endless. How do you polish it, how to carve it, how to use it, and How to matchwood, metal, and other materials most appropriately depends on our aesthetic consciousness and life needs today to create greater value. There are gold, wood, water, fire, and earth everywhere, and the five elements are matched only when they are well-matched. The most harmonious.”