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Xinglong Visitor Center // Atelier Alter Architects

Wanning Shi, Hainan Sheng, China

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Atelier Alter recreates the impression of numerous fishing lodges on the island in a zigzag building. By incorporating tropical plants and fishing island craftsmanship, Atelier Alter reinvents sustainable construction in an indigenous tropical syntax.

Strategically sited at the entrance to the town, the visitor center unfolds the urban transformation of Xinglong — from a fishing village to a coastal resort.

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The architecture of Xinglong Visitor Center inherently starts from an urban scale. The site for the project is a trapezoidal narrow lot adjacent to the entryway of the town. We proposed a linear zigzag building that places most of the building volume in the middle and leaves the two ends with landscape and lighter constructions.

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Meanwhile, building volume is pushed back from the street to create a linear plaza joint by semi-enclosed open spaces. Approaching from both ends, the architecture opens up to the street in a dramatic way. The program for the visitor center includes an exhibition, management, shops, and caterings. To respond to the mixed-use program rather than giving a definitive formal statement, we try to recreate the impression of the fishing island by juxtaposing different types of fishing lodges from the island on top of each other in various scales and directions.

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The project retains the memory of the fishing island in the making of architecture by translating the craftsmanship from the island into a double curtain wall system. The structure expression is also analogous to the tropical plants on the island, emphasizing slender columns and overreaching branches. Client: Huaqiao Farm, Xinglong, ChinaPrincipals in charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan ZhangProject architect: Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute Co.

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Ltd)Design team: Huaping, Hu, Yong Zhang, Jianqi Tang, Rui Liu, Chuanzhang Li, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng ZhangLocal architect: China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd Civil/structure/MEP engineer: Rongen Jing, Bo Yang, Zhiqiang Bi,Junwei Yang, Yonghong Yang, Zhe Li, Ming Cheng, Wei LiGeneral contractor: Guangxi Southern-China Construction Group Co.

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LtdCost: $23.1 MillionPhotographs: courtesy of Atelier Alter.

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