Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

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Xi'an, China
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Plasma Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    4000.0 sqm
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Courtesy of Plasma Studio
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Text description provided by the architects. 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.

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Address: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

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Cite: "Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio" 14 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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