Standardarchitecture, Beijing
01 January 2009

Qingcheng Mountain Stone Courtyard, Chengdu

Location: Qingcheng Mountain, Daguan Town, Chengdu, Sichuan
Design / Construction: 2005 / 2007
Area: 480㎡
Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, Wang Andong, Liu Yabo, Wang Tong, Hao Zengrui, Carla Maria Freitas Gon?alves, Liu Xinjie, Yang Xinrong, Zhang Zhengfan
Client: Sichuan jinlian Corporation
Photographer: Chen Su

The “Stone Courtyard” Tea House is located close to Daguan Town at the foot of the Qingcheng Mountain near Chengdu. With total area of 500 square meters, the tea house is actually comprised of five separate courtyard buildings stand very close to each other. The first building is an empty front courtyard; the last building functions as living courtyards; and the other three buildings function as tea courtyards. 

Local craftsmen were involved in the design and construction of the wooden roof structure. Looking from interior the wooden roof would have been completely traditional if the columns near the patio were not carefully removed. 

The stone wall is built exclusively of a type of local slate, which will be cover by green moose in a few years after exposed in the rainy and humid weather of Chengdu.

Wuhan CRland French-Chinese Art Centre

Location: Wuchang
Design / Construction: 2004 / 2005
Area: 1500 m2
Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, Hao Zengrui, Han Xiaowei, Yang Xinrong, Liu Xingjie, Jin Jie, Lin Lei,Han Liping
Client: China Resources Land Linited Company
Photographers: Chen Su

The site of the art centre is located across the street from the Wuchang Tanhualin historic area, about one mile away from the historic Huanghelou tower on the Yangtzi River. The expectation of the building was an important public space for the city and a monument for both the past and the ongoing transformation of the city. The fact that many famous Chinese intellectuals lived in the Tanhualin area across the street inspired us. We were interested in testing the possibilities of building something out of the ancient Chinese intellectual practice of ink and water. The art centre was conceived as an urban container, within which art objects, events, acts, concepts and activities flourish. In this case the container is made out of intuitive images of ink-and-water. 

While the site conditions also take part in the formation of spaces: since the site is cut into a half by an unexpected urban infrastructure (a flood pipeline), the 30-meter-wide outdoor space became the central courtyard for spatial organization, around it seat the east and west exhibition hall and the floating bridge linking the two parts. In the 80-meter-long concrete bridge, the ink-water stroke texture coincides with the necessary structural elements for the 5.5-meter-high concrete hollow beam. This becomes an interesting moment when an image merges seamlessly with a structure.。

The Yangshuo Storefronts, Guilin

Location: Yangshuo, Guilin
Design / Construction: 2003 / 2005
Area: 7000㎡
Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, Claudia Taborda, Qi Honghai, Wang Wenxiang, Liang Hua, Han Xiaowei, Qin Ying, Hao Zengrui, Liu Xingjie, Yangying, Du Xiaoming, Gai Xudong
Client: Sunshine 100
Photographer: Chen Su

The small neighborhood is built on a block of 2300 sqm and is comprised of five small alleys and six separate buildings. The buildings occupy the entire boundary of the site, and the main alleys inside work as continuations of the neighboring urban fabric. We adopted a native way to have the main alleys point toward the major mountains nearby, namely the Lotus and the Dragon Head Mountain. As a result of this layout, all the six buildings become irregular in their plans. On the ground floor there are small shops and the shop owners live on the second floor. There are corridors linking all the buildings on the 3rd and 4th floor. Units of these floors each have a bathroom and a kitchen. They could function either as apartments or as shops. Passing through the bridges linking each building, people will always find special views toward the surrounding Karst Mountains.

The neighborhood is built mainly with four local materials: the blue-greenish Yangshuo stone, Larch wood panels, small grey tiles and bamboo stripes. The “city control regulation” asks for all the buildings to be painted white. We found the regulation is a total mistake. The local villages never have large area of white-washed walls. The villages were all built with exposed local stone and grey bricks. 

Seen from a distance, the storefronts have nothing startling. While coming closer, most people will be surprised by the appearance of the central building. Bamboo stripes of 6-meter-long and 6-centimeter-wide are placed at 8 centimeter distance from each other, with right angle to the building facade. Behind the bamboo layer, there is a layer of folding wood panels. When the wood panels are opened, people could have a sense that there is only a curtain of bamboo stripes between them and the Karst Mountains. 

Wuyi Elementary School Aduitorium, Beijing

Location: Tongzhou, Beijing
Design / Construction: 2002 / 2004
Area: 2000㎡
Architects: Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, Bu Xiaojun,Li Changle
Client: Wuyi Elementary School, Beijing
Photographer: Chen Su

The new auditorium has a seating capacity of 520 and is for the use of both the school and the residents of the adjacent neighborhood. The hall is used for stage performances, films and school events. The auditorium is separated from the school by a square yard. The school is an unobtrusive four-storey block, to which the expressive form of the auditorium forms a strong contrast. Its characteristic folded red roof makes it a striking feature of the neighborhood. 

The rear wall and the fa?ade form part of the roof, which is supported on both sides by a row of columns. The resulting galleries have walls of red brick in which the wheelchair ramps and the stairs have been integrated. The first floor on the West side of the building is recessed. The foyer beneath the overhanging roof receives daylight from both sides through its glass wall. 

The entrance pierces the vertical wall which rises from the ground as a continuation of the folded roof profile and marks the entrance like a massive sign; the roof is an ironical allusion to the debate that has been going on for decades about the integration of tradition in modern Chinese architecture.

设计 / 建造时间:2005 / 2007
建筑师:张轲、张弘、王安东、刘亚波、王彤、郝增瑞、Carla Maria Freitas Gon?alves、刘新杰、杨欣荣、张正帆







设计 / 建造时间:2004 / 2005
建筑面积:1500 m2





设计 / 建造时间:2003 / 2005
建筑师:张轲、张弘、Claudia Taborda、齐洪海、王文祥、梁华、韩晓伟、秦颖、郝增瑞、刘新杰、杨颖、杜霄敏、盖旭东
业主:阳光 100




设计 / 建造时间:2002 / 2004



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