Qionglai Bamboo Pavilion is located in a small traditional rural community at the north end of Baimo river bridge, nexts to over 100,000 acres of bamboo forest. For hundreds of years, Linpan settlements have been traditional rural communities in western part of Sichuan. Often covered by woods, especially groups of bamboo, Linpan is an organic combination of woods, fields, house and water, it’s a reflection of the harmonious relationship between land and its people. That’s why famous local poet Su Shi from Song Dynasty said: “Better having no meat in eating, than having no bamboo in living.”
In traditional Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of Oriental beauty. When we talk about the beauty of bamboo forest, the first thing that comes to mind is a tranquil path that leads deep into the bamboo forest and the sun plays off the trees. We try to see it from another perspective, endless bamboo forests follow the gentle curves of the landscape like rolling waves in the sea. Our design aims to capture this moment, define the elegant curves shaped by mother nature and express different layers of nearby bamboo forest.
The Bamboo Pavilion carries three identities. First, it’s a visitor center to the Bamboo forest scenic area where quick facts and exhibitions can be found about the breathtaking natural beauty; Secondly, it hosts intangible cultural heritage workshops that demonstrate local craftsmanship using bamboo materials for generations. And finally, it's a village center for local residents, providing convenience for various activities from relaxing, dancing to public gatherings.
The building nests between the river, bridge and a local village. Two roofs peel off the landscape, one is facing the village entrance, welcoming guests from all over the world, the other is facing bamboo forest, the beginning of another journey. These two interlocking roofs created a public courtyard, which can be easily transformed into an outdoor exhibition area when needed. But before any exhibition happens, it has already been occupied by locals as a dance floor.
All the interior construction materials and products are coming from neighboring communities. Due to the size of local bamboo, it can’t be used as the main structure, we designed a pattern similar to groups of bamboo you can find in your backyard and use as a secondary structure. Mixed with the reflection on the glass façade, creating a seamless feeling of always walking in a bamboo forest.
We hope this bamboo pavilion is not only a place to demonstrate natural or architectural beauty, but also a place that preserves collective memories and cultural heritage, most important of all, it welcomes visitors from all over the world and creates a connection with local residents. Through the courtyard and generous shaded roofs, people are brought together.
Project Name: Qionglai Bamboo Pavilion Area: 638 ㎡ Client: Chengdu Cultural Tourism Group Location: Xushang Linpan, Pingle Ancient Town, Qionglai, Chengdu, Sichuan Architects: UNO Architects + Lin Rong Studio, SWJTU Project Architects: Tao DONG, Chenxi WANG Design Consultant: Rong LIN Design Team: Qingqing YANG, Hanlin LI, Jianyuan WANG, Yunchen LEI, Rongpeng HE, Yue ZHAO, Hui YUAN Construction Drawing Design: Si Na Yu Lian Architecture Design Co., Ltd. Construction Drawing Design Team: Kan WANG ( Project Leader), Jingjing CHEN, Chaosong CHEN, Pengze QU Bamboo Structure: Sichuan Daoming Bamboo Industry Development Co., Ltd. Photography: Arch-exist Photography