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“The Shadow Garden” of World Horticulture Expo in Yangzhou // OfficeOffCourse

Yangzhou, China

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The building is one of the five satellite pavilions located in the first completed phase of 2021 World Horticulture Expo site in Yangzhou.

Based on the scheme this expo which reflects the beauty of local landscape and plants as well as its programmatic requirement which is an educational place, the design is generating a new relationship between landscape and architecture.

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Three bar-like buildings are divided by a continuous wall which follows the contour of existing condition. As a result, not only every program has courtyard and its unique layout, but also numerous gardens come into being, each of which has its particular language in scale, spectrum and vegetation. Considering the life after the Expo, the design is seeking to explore a new architecture organizational way that is highly flexible, changeable and mixed-use but at the same time allows independence and privacy of each room with its own connection with a designated landscape.

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Programs are no longer defined by its location and circular, but by the theme of landscape which bonding them. In this design, we establish a dialog between nature and man-made environment, in which, a similar but uncanny connection is created. A special washed granolithic finish is used to simulate the complex texture and vitality of nature, in order to produce a different kind of natural environment.

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Such landscape operations successfully meet the programmatic challenge meanwhile offers many new ways of seeing landscape as a part of architecture from time to time..

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