01 February 2015

Niang'ou Terminal, Tibet, China, 2014

Architects: ZHANG Ke/standardarchitecture+Embaixada

The intervention locates on the confluence of the Niyang river and the Yarluntzangbu river, a place which remained intact and of an overwhelming beauty. The wharf demanded installations for modernizing and expanding the existing capacities of the area that would provoke a substantial increase in built facilities and the human footprint over the landscape. The proposal is based upon the idea that it is mandatory to establish a contextual dialogue with the landscape scale of intervention. Therefore all the space requirements are organized under a downhill Promenade, on a crescent complexity narrative, from the highest intervention level (3000m), the sightseeing platform, until reaching the lowest level river mark (2971m). This circulation structures and organizes all the occupation, giving it a hierarchic unity and defining all the inter spaces relations. All the platforms and inner spaces are defined from this structure. This way, each one or the spaces can find its own place in relationship with the landscape, inter-mediating the relation with the body.

Credits and Data Client: Tibet Tourism Holdings
Principal Architect: ZHANG Ke
Design units: Standardarchitecture+Embaixada
Design Team: ZHANG Ke, HOU Zhenghua, ZHANG Hong, CHEN Ling, Claudia Taborda, Embaixada(Cristina Mendonca, Augusto Marcelino), SUN Qingfeng, DAI Haifei, GAI Xudong
Program: Waiting lounge, dining place
Site Area: 3500㎡
Floor Area: 3300㎡
Design Period: 2007-2013
Cooperation: Youdao Architectural Design Institute, China Academy of Building Research Architectural Design Institute  


LUO Deyin: The zigzag footpath at Niang'ou Terminal once again proves an everlasting but hard-to-control "law" in the design field-appropriate contrast is actually harmony at a higher level. The arid climate of the plateau creates the magnificent but ruthless waterfront landscape along the Yarlung Zangbo River, which is characterized by stones and sand after long-time weathering. The designer picked stone as the building material, but processed it with an approach completely opposite to weathering: planes and fac111ades are treated smoothly as if cut by a knife, forming a sharp contrast to the surrounding environment, which highlights both the desolation of nature and the warmth of the building.  

LIU Yichun: Niang'ou Terminal designed by Standard Architecture is more like a piece of land art. The structure is built with rocks winding up along the contour lines. It is hard to identify clearly whether it is a building, a sloped path, or a wall. Sitting at the foot of a hill in the wilderness as a historical relic, it implies that the connection between this site and the civilized world was never broken. As an artificial work, it not only stresses the existence of nature but also deepens our understanding of the essence of nature.




设计团队:张轲,侯正华,张弘,陈玲,Claudia Taborda, Embaixada (Cristina Mendonca, Augusto Marcelino),孙青峰,戴海飞,盖旭东


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