China   |  2022

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Wuxiang Mountain Qiu Hu Station

Entrant Company

Mix Architecture

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Public Spaces

Located in Wuxiang Mountain National Forest Park, the project site has lush vegetation and a beautiful natural landscape, where one side is a mountain road and towering Metasequoia forest, and another side is a continuous mountain with dense bamboo forests. To meet the developing and renewal need of the park, it is planned to rebuild the original forestry office space and expand the functions into a service center for tourist consumption, consultation and rest, making it a node station for park management and tourism. The design challenge lies in how to integrate the courtyard building into the site harmoniously at a limited cost to convey an oriental artistic conception. The enclosed layout was split into two L-shaped parts: one part is the internal office space, the other part is the external tourist service space. The two sections are dominated by the two angled L-shaped slope roofs, which interlaced and twisted into eaves in the inner courtyard. Finally, the amount of roof with the intention of stacking front and back of traditional mountain forests is formed. Thus, the landscape platforms and staggered folded roofs that gradually raise and hide the walls become the main body of the organizational space, and together with the back mountains, they retreat and misplace each other to fill the shortcomings of the mountain at the site, and show the level of near, in some distance and far, so that the architecture and environment can be better integrated. In this way, the facade of the building disappears, and the perception of the building by the visitors along the road has become a landscaped terrace that conforms to the terrain and a layered roof that stretches and floats. Using the most common concrete frame structure and local materials, the total cost has been controlled within 5 million Yuan.

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