Amey Kandalgaonkar Reimagines Traditional Chinese Pagodas for a Modernist Era

Amey Kandalgaonkar has unveiled a project which reimagines the traditional Chinese pagoda in a modernist style. The Shanghai-based designer created the fictional reinterpretation as a homage to a building form largely untouched by Modernism, featuring raw brut concrete, minimal ornamentation, and bold geometric moves.

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Structural concrete columns replace traditional wooden structures, while the iconic pagoda roofs are reimagined as flared concrete slabs. Greenery adorns the structure to create a striking contrast between the imposing rigidity of the brutalist structure and the fragility of the natural world.

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While the entire world was swept by the Modernist movement, China was largely untouched by Modernism. So when I visited various ancient Chinese monuments, I couldn't help wonder how a modernist mind would interpret traditional Chinese architecture. This time I decided to spend some time on that idea.
-Amey Kandalgaonkar

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Amey Kandalgaonkar Reimagines Traditional Chinese Pagodas for a Modernist Era" 07 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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