Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab

Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab

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  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  6
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
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  • Digital Construction : RoboticPlus.AI, Kuanting Lai, Zhe Liang, Peiyi Huang, Zixun Huang, Yuhong Ha
  • Structural Consultant : Zhun Zhang
  • Lighting Consultant : Chloe Zhang
  • Client : Fengyuzhu
  • Chief Architect : Ting Yu
  • Project Architect : Liran Sun
  • City : Jinhua
  • Country : China
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Text description provided by the architects. Wutopia Lab designed China's first all carbon-fiber structure in the rural area of Zhejiang, in collaboration with digital construction team RoboticPlus.AI. With shrine of Whatslove, a red triangle robotically woven carbon-fiber structure, Wutopia Lab attempted to arouse discussion on what’s love in modern life and how to intervene the rural construction.

Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab - Forest
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Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab - Forest
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Our client, Fengyuzhu commissioned us to design something for their first Cultural and Creative Complex, Fangyukong guesthouse project. Other than hotel, restaurant or bookstore, Wutopia Lab chose to bring out a building that can inspire people to think on daily issues

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It is quite popular to spend the weekend in the countryside near a big city recent days. The essence is to pursue being in a new environment, far from anxiety in reality. But once the novelty has passed, no matter where he is, topic of health, education, work, and wealth will drown him again. Of course, love and marriage are the hottest topic that have been our confusion or pain for thousands of years. 

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Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab - Forest
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Love should be a beautiful and pure thing, but in reality it is always wrapped in layers of matter. I first formed the building directly with integrated triangle. The triangle as a motif also represents the original architectural prototype, shape of the shed built by ancestors. We decided to abandon materiality. Giving up concrete, steel, glass or wood to build the knot, inspired by the "Zhusiyingshe" a Chinese traditional culture wrapping red line around the idol for good luck, we used a red line to weave a shrine. The shrine is more a visual image of a red line than a physical space, it does not need to shelter from the wind.

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The 4 meters high and 3.8 meters wide entire structure of the shrine was weaved with a continuous line of carbon-fiber, density is controlled at 18KG per cubic meter and the bearing capacity of 400kg is achieved. After a month of testing, using 7200 meters of continuous carbon fiber bundles, the red Shrine of Whatslove was completed in 90 hours. Yes, Shrine of Whatslove is not the same as the carbon-fiber pavilion you used to see. It has floor slabs that can carry at least 4 people and can be overhanged so that the shrine seems floating in the air.

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Standing by the main entrance of Fangyukong Guesthouse, the red triangle shrine is like a guide post. You can see it as a start point of Wutopia Lab’s practice in countryside. To real rejuvenate countryside, we need a cultural structure that transcends the city.

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Address:Qinglongwu, Tonglu, Jiangxi, China

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Cite: "Shrine of Whatslove / Wutopia Lab" 26 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/913684/shrine-of-whatslove-wutopia-lab> ISSN 0719-8884

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