LocationHangzhou, Zhejiang, China
ClientXixi Wetlands Park Construction Headquarter
PhotographsCourtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
From the architect. The site sits on three narrow strips of land opens to water views both in their front and back, provoking our senses toward mountain, water, sky and the field.Different situations of landform lead to possibilities of shaping various linear landscape experiences.
Through the composition of a series of architectural viewing instruments each designed for different positions and viewing angles, the project intends to reverse the process of mo[ve]vie[w] and reframe our scenic experiences, exploring new conditions for our perceptions toward landscape, or mountain and water.
Time = changing, Movie watching / static view
Place = changing, Moving and watching / reframing
“In this brilliant, singular work in cantilevering, reinforced concrete, box construction, Wang has been able to deploy and bend the studio module so as to create a syncopated, rhythmic composition of exceptional sophistication. By any standards, this is a small masterpiece and one would be hard pressed to find comparable collective housing anywhere, of recent date, having such astonishing plastic force and conviction. All this woven slippage and elision of modular form, as much in section s in plan, arises not out of some kind of closed formalistic game but rather out of the desire of allowing each one of the megaron-studio forms to relate to the peninsular, water-lined site in a different way”. Kenneth Frampton: The Architecture of Wang Weijen