Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD

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Ningbo, China
  • Design Team: Zhenling Wu, Jiachen Zhang, Ning Li, Yingni Wang, Yu Chen
  • Structure Design: Zhenfen Jin, Jin Shen, Wenhao Ni
  • Water Supply And Drainage Design: Ji Chen, Fei Chen
  • Electrical Design: Guoxing Zhen, Li Ding
  • HVAC: Yinan Guo, Xiaodong Ren
  • Smart Design: Bing Jiang
  • Interior Design: Jingyuan Li, Yu Fang
  • Landscape Design: Weiling Wu, Conghua Xu, Jing Zhu
  • Construction Economics: Qianbo Chu
  • Client: Ninghai Cultural Tourism Group Co., Ltd.
  • City: Ningbo
  • Country: China
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Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Windows, Forest, Garden
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Background. Located in Nanshangang, Sangzhou Town, Ninghai County, Zhejiang, the project is positioned as a small cultural and tourism building that integrates a tourist center and spaces for displaying and experiencing the local history and culture. The site is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with only one country road connecting several villages nearby. And there are local villagers working in fields around the site every now and then. Due to the great height discrepancy, the plot features recessed platforms ascending from north to south, with a broad view on the north side. The site faces terraced fields on the east and west sides and embraces the view of rolling mountains in the distance.

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Forest
© Junhao Ding
Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Forest
© Junhao Ding

Nature. Respecting nature and blending into the environment is the key design principle of the project. The project sits on beautiful terraced fields, close to mountains and water. The exterior spaces are created in a way of adapting to the site's terrain and natural setting. The architectural silhouette conforms to the plot's terraced landform, to blend into the environment. And the rooftops are planted with crops, to harmonize with the terraced fields nearby. The interior spaces are created in accordance with the external form. Irregular walls and staggered roofs make every space unique and full of variations, like the diverse paths in the countryside. Natural light penetrates windows and skylights, and falls onto the walls and the floor, generating varying scenes in the space.

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Windows, Garden
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Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography
© Junhao Ding

Construction. In the construction process, local materials were selected and brought into full play. Local experienced stonemasons were employed to construct the building by the use of local natural stones, to present the most original features of terraced fields. Based on simple techniques and methods, the whole building harmonizes with surrounding terraced fields and mountains both in texture and in form. Details such as stone window frames and drip edges were meticulously made by craftsmen. Materials selected for interior space reveal the authenticity of textures. The fair-faced concrete ceiling, the white diatom mud wall, and the wood-colored doors and windows embody the primitive aesthetics of the countryside architecture.

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Windows, Forest
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Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Qiang Zhao

Recognition. Sited at a corner of the valley, the rustic building "dissolves" into the mountain and river landscape that has existed for centuries. The environment is a unity that integrates natural and artificial spaces with different functions. As a substantial building in such a context, the project embodies not only style and appearance but also expresses long-standing social, cultural, and technical systems and the recognition of nature and local features.

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Interior Photography, Windows
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Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Interior Photography, Windows, Beam
© ZYStudio

Epilogue. The architecture features a volume that dissolves into the environment and delicate spaces crafted by appropriate techniques. The building dialogues with the surroundings such as terraced fields, creek, bridge, and paths. Walking through the bridge above the stream, and approaching the building nestling under mountains, visitors will continuously encounter unexpected surprises along the way. For this project, the designers created a small cultural destination that reflects local and site features in a low-profile gesture and a vernacular form.

Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Qiang Zhao

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Address:422 Township Road, Sangzhou Town, Ninghai County, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China

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Cite: "Qingxi Culture and History Museum / UAD" 05 Oct 2023. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/989551/qingxi-culture-and-history-museum-uad> ISSN 0719-8884

© Junhao Ding

桑洲清溪文史馆 / 浙江大学建筑设计研究院

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