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Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

  • Architects: Plasma Studio
  • Location: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Architect in Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Plasma Studio

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From the architect. Conceived as a precious crystal, semi-submerged in splendid isolation, reached by boat across the lake followed by a short walk from the shore, the greenhouse for the Xi’an Horticultural Expo blends into the hillside. Visitors access the building through a prolonged cut, literally scooped up from the ground, emerging into a light-filled reception space. From here the visitor passes along a tessellated mesh of paths to three different climatic zones with corresponding plant environments.

The greenhouse has a horseshoe plan, creating a loop that changes radically in section to accommodate a series of unique planting and spatial conditions. With the interior and exterior ground planes gradually shifting in relation to each other, the visitor experiences a sequence of visual enclosures alternating with long vistas out and across. The horseshoe shape also generates an interior open-air courtyard, making it the natural centre of the building and creating a three-dimensional web of interior and exterior circulation.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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