Located in a grove in the campus of BJFU, the “pavilion of clouds” is a bamboo structure built for 2018 “Bamboo Garden Festival”, and the project was commissioned by the faculty of BJFU. Covering an area of approximately 120 square meters, the pavilion serves as a hub for information during the festival, and turn into a flexible place for recreation and gathering when the event is over.
Bordering campus roads on its north and west, the site is a spiral square enclosed by groves, bushes, memorial stone carvings and benches, and the pavilion is situated in the center of the square.
As one of the most suitable structural materials, bamboo has even more distinctive features than wood. With excellent bending resistance and tensile resistance, raw bamboo is easy to be bent or processed. With the help of modern bamboo processing technology, controllable sizing and processing of bamboo can be done in factories or even on site.
The favorable site conditions and the advantages of bamboo granted us with the possibility of a free and relaxed form with a sense of strength, which complied with both the style of the campus and the atmosphere of the garden festival.
In the design process, where raw bamboo construction methods were integrated with modern building technologies, a conceptual design was made first, and the overall structure was generated through digital simulation. Compared with the traditional simulation method of making a small physical model, our approach had several advantages. Bamboo parts were prefabricated in factories where shaping and bending were done under controllable conditions, and then assembled on site. In this way, the conceptual design was implemented precisely.
As a result, sunlight, wind and vegetation were brought into the space, making it free from sense of oppression while presenting an image of swirling clouds.
Credits: Dan Xie SUP Atelier, Shaohang Shi SUP Atelier, Xiaojuan Chen SUP Atelier, Jingfen Sun SUP Atelier, Mengjia Liu SUP Atelier, Yehao Song SUP Atelier, Yingnan Chu SUP Atelier