The Chongqing delegation to the National People’s Congress suggested that the city of Chongqing be the start of the Silk Road economic belt and the hub of a 21st century maritime Silk Road, connecting the Chinese interior with the rest of the world.
Chongqing is at the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River, which connects to the maritime Silk Road. It is the only municipal city in the mid west region, and also the national central city, connecting the Yangtze River economic belt and the “Silk Road” economic belt.
Different than the East coast of China, the silk industry has more emphasis on silk reprocessing, Western parts is more focused on raw silk production due to its natural weather and soil conditions, mostly in Chongqing and Yunnan areas.
Also as the land cost and manpower cost is increasing on the east coast, business is shifting to the west. With the government’s preferential policies, Chongqing’s silk industry has seen some significant developments.
Located in an appropriate location in Bishan near Chongqing the site of Vito’s childhood village, the geographic site is like a circle. A circle with directions to north, south, east and west.
Divided in eight categories from number one to number eight we would see different architecture. Using the circle in a perfect definition. The feng shui factor is obvious and will be a great start for our project.
The silk thread and the cocoon, the Mulberry tree and silk production in Chongqing are the inspirational elements and the main directions of this project. A symbolic projection, a symbolic design, the main characteristic of the climate the culture and the geology are a multi directional aspect of this project.
The goal of the project is to keep the existing architecture the local design and also the local materials with a true integration of nature. The goal of this design is also to keep the villages and existing homes that we will refurbished and give a modern contemporary look from the inside by keeping the existing form of the outside.
This design will be also enhance by a new contemporary architecture that we will keep as well as the symbols in action during the whole design process. Source by Jean-Pierre HEIM.
- Location: Bishan, Chongqing City, Sichuan Province, China
- Architect: Jean-Pierre HEIM
- Architect in Charge: Jean-Pierre HEIM, Carolyn HEIM
- Client: SASSEUR Group owner Vito XU
- Status: Proposal
- Size of land: 20 hectares
- Project Year: 2016
- Images: Courtesy of Jean-Pierre HEIM
Article by Marco Rinaldi