“I expect that this building could enlighten us to think the relevance among human, nature and society. The site locates at the west of Guilin road, with a green land at the south of its entry. This green land owns 6 old camphor trees and opens to the urban main road.
We elevated the main body of the building up to second floor in order to maximize the open green space on the ground, and established an intimate and interactive relationship with 6 trees while protecting them.The completed building is composed by four independently suspended structures linked by bridges. 10 pieces of concrete walls support the upper structures.
Covered by reflective stainless steel panels to reflect the surrounding green environment, these walls are thus cleared up and help the suspension effect of the upper volumes. A ground floor atrium is enclosed by transparent glasses in-between three structures, and brings people to the upper floor. Approaching second level, a new spatial order will be unfolded along the path.
Four suspended volumes that were realized by steel trusses stretch themselves horizontally with ‘Y’ or ‘L’ shapes among the old trees. The twisted and tensioned aluminum strips assembled the translucent walls of these volumes, which present the truss structure in an indistinct way and become containers and boundaries of a series of interior and exterior spaces.
When wandering across these translucent walls, the visitor will alternatively encounter rooms, courtyards, bridges and different sceneries. The branches and leafs of the trees traverse the building freely and become touchable friends. Here the structure, its adherent skin, and the branches and leafs of trees interweave together to present atmosphere of each space.
It is under the organization of time (or path) that these spaces (room and courtyard) realize an environmental experience where time and space interact. It is a work collaborated by architecture and nature.”.