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Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

  • 20:00 - 13 November, 2016
Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT
Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, Night view. Image © Yao Li
Night view. Image © Yao Li

Night view of the arch. Image © Yao Li Arch detail. Image © Yao Li Arch. Image © Yao Li © Yao Li +23

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    China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd (CFLD) 
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    Architectural Design & Research Institute of Scut, City group
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South Elevation. Image © Yao Li
South Elevation. Image © Yao Li

From the architect. Cultural architectures have always been academician He Jingtang’s "specialty".

Project Dachang National Palace is no doubt his another masterpiece. Located in Dachang Hui Autonomous County, Langfang, Hebei province, the project is supposed by the local government to be an iconic design, introducing Dachang’s particular culture and enhancing the soft power of the city. The national palace is thus endowed with multiple functions, serving not only as the recreation center of the city, but the essential cultural site for the introduction of local religion and history as well. It has undoubtedly brought lots of challenges to the designer, because of the special ethnic composition, historical context, religious belief, complex functional requirements of the site and the setting of a cultural landmark.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

In the design of the project, Academician He Jingtang has also carried out his concept of “2 Views” and “3 Characters”, with the starting point of holistic view and sustainable development concept, fully considering regionalism, cultural, and epochal character of the architecture, therefore presents us an excellent design.

South-west elevation. Image © Yao Li
South-west elevation. Image © Yao Li
Diagram: function analysis
Diagram: function analysis
© Yao Li
© Yao Li

This is a poetic sanctuary that shows people both the brilliant Islamic culture and our vision for a better life. This is also a homelike cultural center that provides a spiritual home for local residents especially Muslims. 

Arch detail. Image © Yao Li
Arch detail. Image © Yao Li
Axonometric drawing
Axonometric drawing
Night view of the arch. Image © Yao Li
Night view of the arch. Image © Yao Li

Dachang County is a Muslim enclave near Beijing. To revive the Islamic culture and improve the quality of culture life, the local government developed Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center, a cultural complex integrating the functions of theatre, exhibition, convention and community center. 

Detailed design. Image © Yao Li
Detailed design. Image © Yao Li

Based on traditional mosque, the building subtly interprets the spatial structure of mosque with new materials and technologies. The surrounding arches shrink into elegant curves from the bottom up, while the cambering petal-shaped arches of the reflection in the water look even more vivid and graceful. The dome sees the translation and abstraction of Islamic symbols rather than simple mimicking. We constitute the dome with petaloid shells and creatively transform the interior space into a semi-exterior roof garden flooded with sunshine, fresh air and vegetation. 

Dusk view. Image © Yao Li
Dusk view. Image © Yao Li

Chinese designs towards the world

In recent years, Academician He Jingtang and his team have also begun stepping onto the international stage, attracting with their splendid designs more and more attention of internationally renowned architectural media, universities, and critics, and have won their great praise. On the 10th of this month, Academician He Jingtang will be invited to the Venice Architecture University to launch an exhibition with the theme of  PLACE,  CULTURE,  TIME——He Jingtang: Design for Drastically Changing China Opening Activities ,and he will also chair the opening forum.

Bird's view. Image © Yao Li
Bird's view. Image © Yao Li

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Hunter · November 15, 2016

I love how this project combines the old with the new; ancient Islamic architecture's attention to sacred geometry meshed with modern Chinese architecture's bright, sleek modern forms.

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