Shanghai, CN


Beautiful “Island” Over Didang Lake

Shaoxing is a culturally rich city with a history of more than 2500 years. It has long been renowned as the “Land of Cultural Relics” and “Land of Fish and Rice”. Traditional rite and order of oriental culture can be found everywhere from black-awning boat, Shaoxing opera to wine town, and its “simple and delicate” craftsmanship has never faded away. Didang Lake No.1 Exhibition Center is located in Didanghu Park, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing, with a gross floor area of approximately 560 square meters. 

A Dialogue between Building and Nature

As a multi-purpose exhibition center, architects try every possible means to keep and mix oriental elements of rain, cloud, mist, tree, blank, reflection, lake, bridge and pavilion, adopt minimalist design strategy to fit in with cultural context of the site and seek a sense of identity and belonging.  

The three-dimensional design of the exhibition center is the biggest highlight, as it improves across-time-and-space experiences of living on an island, and unique natural elements of the site are utilized to create a modern minimalist lifestyle out of bridge, water, virtual-actual setting, courtyard beyond the window and stone shadows. 

Flowing and Interacting Scenes Make a Melodious and Long Hymn 

Unlike other architectural designs, the exhibition center exists in a humble way. Walls on different floors are interwoven, enclosed and arranged in staggered order to construct a flowing space. The “spinning” wall of the main façade on the first floor is at the entrance, making more natural sights interact with interior environment. Two functional boxes on the first floor support the suspending block on the second floor, creating a minimalist architectural look. Versatile grey spaces and even more quiet and open ones are built among building blocks.

Upon ascent to the balcony from the room on the second floor, you can enjoy a 270° view: bridge, water, green tree, walkers, light and shadow on Didang Lake can all be seen through glass. Architectural spaces are deconstructed to make two spaces overlap for dramatic effect.    

A Cozy Building, A Feast of Light and Shadow

Japanese noted architect Kengo Kuma says, “An
architect should pay attention to materials and structure of a building,
because both are equally important for a unique building.” Architects fully
explore the characteristics of local materials, connection between materials
and construction in the design process to create a special ambience.  

Retro style is added to creative design. Copper louver instead of bamboo louver is used along with glass curtain wall to complement lake water. Handmade striped decorative panels are used for the main wall alongside with single silver glass curtain wall to make the building “hidden” when light varies from time to time. 

Building seeks a return to human nature, so do the soul and space. Architects pay attention to the relationships between building and human, building and nature in the design process of Didang Lake No.1 Exhibition Center in Shaoxing, which delivers an indescribable sense of peace. The quiet beauty gives rise to pleasant rhythms in spaces and evokes thoughts about good life. 

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Status: Built
Location: Shaoxing, CN
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Project name: Didang Lake No.1 Exhibition Center
Owner: Poly Developments and Holdings
Type: Public service building
Gross floor area: 560 sq m
Architectural design: Shanghai HYP-ARCH Architectural Design Consultant Co.,Ltd.
Design team: Jiefeng Yang, Dong Li
Construction drawing design: Zhejiang United Jiangong Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Landscape design: GVL(Greenview Landscape International Design Group)
Interior design: Beijing Zixiangge Decoration Design Co.,Ltd.
Photographer: Anqi Liu