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Chetian Cultural Center / West-line studio

  • 22:00 - 10 October, 2016
Chetian Cultural Center / West-line studio
Chetian Cultural Center / West-line studio, © Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chetian Village, Guizhou, China
  • Category

  • Architecture and Interior Design

    Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Exhibition Design and Curator

    Martina Muratori
  • Area

    715.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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© Jingsong Xie

Text description provided by the architects. The cultural center is located in the rural Chetian Village, 30 km from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, in South-West China. The village has more than 400 years of history and is famous for its 'stone houses' built with local materials. 41 families, out of the 207 living in the village, belong to the Miao (苗) ethnic minority, one of the oldest minority groups in China, most of whom live in Guizhou province. The square outside the cultural center, surrounded by the river, is often used as a stage for local Miao dance and drama performances.

© Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie

The architecture of the cultural center is strongly characterized by 40 cm thick walls, built according to the local traditional methods, using the stone coming from the village's pit. The stone has a very unique blue shade, which is why it is commonly called 'blue stone'. It comes from sedimentary rocks and its major components are limestone and dolomite. The strong and obsessive presence of the stone creates an intimate interior space and shows the architects' deep respect for the historical masonry traditions of Chetian Village.

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© Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie
© Jingsong Xie

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Cite: "Chetian Cultural Center / West-line studio" 10 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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