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  4. China
  5. Atelier Alter
  6. 2014
  7. Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

  • 21:00 - 23 February, 2015
Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter
Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter, Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Xing Long Cun, Gonghe Xian, Hainan Zangzuzizhizhou, Qinghai Sheng, China
  • Principals in charge

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd)
  • Design Team

    Yong Zhang, Rui Liu, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng Zhang
  • Local Architect

    China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co.Ltd
  • Area

    168379.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

  • Civil/Structure/MEP Engineer

    Rongen Jing, Bo Yang, Zhiqiang Bi,Junwei Yang, Yonghong Yang, Zhe Li, Ming Cheng, Wei Li
  • General Contractor

    Guangxi Southern-China Construction Group Co. Ltd
  • Cost

    $23.1 Million
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Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

From the architect. Atelier Alter recreates the impression of numerous fishing lodges on the island in a zigzag building. By incorporating tropical plants and fishing island craftsmanship, Atelier Alter reinvents sustainable construction in an indigenous tropical syntax.

Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Strategically sited at the entrance to the town, the visitor center unfolds the urban transformation of Xinglong - from a fishing village to a coastal resort. The architecture of Xinglong Visitor Center inherently starts from an urban scale.

Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

The site for the project is a trapezoidal narrow lot adjacent to the entryway of the town. We proposed a linear zigzag building that places most of the building volume in the middle and leaves the two ends with landscape and lighter constructions. Meanwhile, building volume is pushed back from the street to create a linear plaza joint by semi-enclosed open spaces. Approaching from both ends, the architecture opens up to the street in a dramatic way.

Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

The program for visitor center includes exhibition, management, shops and caterings. To response to the mixed-use program, rather than giving a definitive formal statement, we try to recreate the impression about the fishing island, by juxtaposing different types of fishing lodges from the island on top of each other, in various scales and directions.

Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Master Plan
Master Plan
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Courtesy of Atelier Alter

The project retains the memory of the fishing island in the making of architecture, by translating the craftsmanship from the island into a double curtain wall system. The structure expression is also analogous to the tropical plants on the island, emphasizing slender columns and overreaching branches.

Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter
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