The program of the project includes: a Han-Dynasty-Earthenware museum, an academy. The site is an open mountain terrain with the topography of high in west gradually downgrading to low in the east. The site area is about 40,000 m2 and the building area is about 5000m2.

The project faces many challenges: functionally to integrate the public open space – Han-Dynasty-Earthenware museum and the private institute – Xiali Academy into one; ecologically to weave human activities and the natural ecosystem in a friendly cooperative environment in the basis of conserving biological diversity; economically to face a low budget; culturally to represent the utopian ideal of Chinese NGO with the an ambition to improve the open Chinese rural society. Thus it is considered to give up the traditional typological architectural thinking but to design in a sustainable way, combining the topography and ecology to create a brand-new architecture. According to the topographic analysis of the site, the main building has been laid out on the gentle slope with the elevations between 1190m and 1200m. The start point of the concept is how to maintain the friendly cooperative relationship between human activities and natural ecosystems. The architectural concept is to maximally preserve the natural topography and ecosystems and to lay out the functional spaces of the building along the terrain, which comes from cutting the surface with its ecosystem together and raising it to a height of 5-6m (and results in the functional space under the surface). According to the topographic analysis, the functional space is placed in the area with a slope less or equal to 7 degrees which is relatively flat in the site. Thus, in accordance with a strict terrain analysis forms the entire building which aims to maintain the original topography, to form the basis strengthening and protecting the mountain terrain and maximally to preserve the original ecosystem. The surface of the building gains a totally new meaning. It is no longer a political discourse, aesthetic appeal, consuming interpretation of symbols or style, but a truly productive ecological space, a symbiotic neighborhood of nature and human. The museum architecture revolutionarily gives up the tradition and memorial of architecture and truly becomes a blanking architecture – a space in harmony with nature.

Source: CU Office
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