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  7. LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu
LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu, © LITTLE
© LITTLE

The fertile Anqiu region of China’s Shangdong Province is known locally as the land of “cultivation, stone hills, and creeks.” Thus, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting’s (LITTLE) design for Anqiu’s new cultural campus and fitness center is based upon these very elements.

Exterior rendering of the Cultural Center. Image © LITTLE
Exterior rendering of the Cultural Center. Image © LITTLE

The campus will host five buildings raised on a plinth: a multi-functional citizen’s center, a 10,000 square meter performing arts building, a central public library, and two museums devoted to Anqiu’s history and urban development. Each of these buildings will be clad in a thin veneer of local stone, transforming them into rocky outcrops that reference the local hills. 

Cultural Center exterior path. Image © LITTLE
Cultural Center exterior path. Image © LITTLE

Anqiu’s patchwork farmland is represented in the striated ceramic trellis of the campus pavilions, the structural supports of that trellis, and in the paving lines of the pavilions themselves. The canopied walkways of the site, working as elements of circulation, pay homage to the many creeks in the region.

Exterior rendering of the Performing Arts Center. Image © LITTLE
Exterior rendering of the Performing Arts Center. Image © LITTLE

While the campus is meant to present a singular, cohesive landscape, the project’s buildings maintain a small sense of individuality. A unique zinc metal is used to accent doors and windows on each of the buildings, and a different color is used for interior finishes. Additionally, the interior design of each building is inspired by a step in the cultivation process such as crop selection or seed sowing.

Exterior rendering of the Art, History, and Science Museum. Image © LITTLE
Exterior rendering of the Art, History, and Science Museum. Image © LITTLE

The Anqiu Cultural Center has won AIA awards in both Charlotte North Carolina and Florida. The complex will serve not only as a popular community destination, but as an architectural threshold to the nearby Qingyun Mountain National Park.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anqiu, Weifang, Shandong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomas Elaesion, Ashley Spinks
  • Design Team

    Bo Sun
  • Client

    Planning Department for City of Anqiu
  • Performing Arts Building

    10000m2
  • Museum Building

    5600m2
  • Citizens Center Building

    11000m2
  • Library Building

    5200m2
  • Planning Museum and Planning Bureau Building

    5000m2
  • Athletic and Wellness Center

    10853m2
  • Area

    538190.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
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Cite: Connor Walker. "LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu" 18 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/498134/little-designs-locally-inspired-cultural-campus-for-anqiu/> ISSN 0719-8884