Wuxiangshan Mountain Experience Center
Our role for the Mountain Experience Center is to create an engaging, family and community friendly space within an existing concrete structure, which acts as the gateway to the Wuxiangshan scenic area outside of Nanjing, in Jiangsu province. Currently under construction; to be completed in October 2018.
Wuxiangshan Scenic Area
The Mountain Experience Center is located within, and as the gateway for, the Wuxiangshan scenic area, near Lishui, Jiangsu province.
Addition to the community.
Rapid growth in China has created a vast amount of unnecessary development, many of which now remain unfinished, or lacking a clear function or purpose. The existing structure is an example of such development.
We started out by working on what the program of the building should be, how it can serve the community and bring family out of the city to enjoy the natural environment.
We designed spaces which can be appropriated by families and kids in any way they please, which extend out from the enclosed structure, into the beautiful natural setting.
The functions were then mixed to accommodate all members of the family. Including picnic areas, bookshop, reading areas, cafe, restaurant and viewing areas, people of all ages can enjoy the center.
Before starting our design, we met with local organizations on the site so that we could fully understand the desires of the surrounding areas, as well as knowing the full situation of the site conditions, development and future plans.
Working as a Team
Much like our other projects in Nanjing, we work closely with our construction teams on-site to make sure our designs are realized fully, from our design intent to reality.
We used as natural a material palette as possible, choosing materials which represented the surrounding area, from grey brick to lots of natural wood.
Landscape & Architecture
Much detail was given to the design and selection of appropriate landscape elements and planting throughout the project. We treated the landscape as merely another space in the architectural plan, with as much importance.
Minimum Architecture, Maximum Experience
Through careful design of the interior elements, we create the maximum experience and function within the space, with the minimum amount of material, structure, and intervention.
As a counterpoint to the large main building, we placed an open tea pavilion out in the middle of the wetlands, to offer a zen-like space and experience.
Team: Martijn de Geus, Simon Henstra, Soon Chern Tan, Victor Tee, Han Zhang
Client: Lishui Municipal Government Planning Department
Project Year: Ongoing
Location: Wuxiangshan, Jiangsu Province, China