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Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

  • 00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio
Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio, Courtesy of Plasma Studio
Courtesy of Plasma Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

Courtesy of Plasma Studio
Courtesy of Plasma Studio

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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herr munschtat · August 19, 2013

agree, their works are always so awkward!

skip.divided · August 19, 2013

Younger brother of Zaha's Guangzhou opera house minus filleted corners, with added clumsiness.


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