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Three Courtyard Community Centre / AZL architects

  • Architects: AZL architects
  • Location: Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects: AZL architects - Zhang Lei
  • Project Team: Zhang Lei, Shen Kaikang, Yang Hefeng
  • Collaborator: Yangzhou City Planning & Design Institute
  • Area: 1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

From the architect. On the eastern edge of Yangzhou's new development area and east of the 2500-year-old Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Three Courtyard Community Centre stands out from the surrounding newly completed call centres, glass office blocks, and farmers' villages. The Community centre's programme calls for recreation, dining, and meeting spaces for the surrounding residents and employees.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The three courtyard blocks each feature a different element of a traditional Chinese garden: bamboo, stones, and water. Around each themed courtyard, brick-clad units congregate to form a village atmosphere.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The architect's interests in vernacular public structures evolved into the typology of this project. Continuous roof profiles in local villages and red clay bricks made from the local riverbed undeniably anchor the project the site. The terracotta bricks are used both in structure and in façade, with patterns stemming from and building upon local building culture.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
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