“阳江组合”工作室 Yangjiang Group Studio（2009-2012）
The architecture of the Yangjiang Group Studio, whose conception and construction began around 2009, stemmed from the construction process of The Age of Empire.
Yangjiang Group was founded in 2002, its members include Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan, Sun Qinglin, and it focuses on Chinese calligraphy as its medium to create contemporary art. The reality of the contemporary world for them is a living piece of calligraphy. Chinese characters have the power of reflecting the changing world and also to incorporate the unknown forces encountered in life, calligraphy writing can thus naturally be transformed into a unique contemporary art practice.
In Zheng Guogu’s view, although the architecture of Yangjiang Group Studio looks astonishing from its appearance, what lie beneath it are still oriental architectural concepts. For example, the “air holes” in the building are designed to receive the “Qi” coming from nature, in order for people to feel comfortable in the building. The building of the studio employed very similar techniques to that employed in the building of traditional Chinese gardens.