Rafael de La-Hoz and ADRI-HIT wins a competition for five museums and a sports centre

five museums and a sports centre

five museums and a sports centre
Image Courtesy by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design explores the relation between traditional architecture, made of wood and bamboo, and contemporary architecture Rafael de La-Hoz, associated with ADRI-HIT, wins a design competition that includes five museums and a sports centre in Meishan, China. A museum of Culture, a museum of the City, a museum of Science and Technology, a library, a wide exhibition hall and a sports centre will shape this complex over a total surface area of 260,000 sqm. The plot of this project will be located in natural surroundings, close to various buildings of the University of Meishan.

five museums and a sports centre
Image Courtesy by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the complex is inspired by the important personality of the Song dynasty, in particular the poet Su Dongpo – the most versatile genius in the history of Chinese literature. The master plan is based on the traditional drawings of buildings made of bamboo and on Su Dongpo’s poems, while the buildings represent bamboo leaves, and the bands of the landscape – water and vegetation – represent bamboo branches and logs. The winning pattern brings out the essence of the terraced rice paddies of Sichuan province and reinterprets the abstracted smooth curvatures of traditional Chinese roofs and their symbolic architecture characterised by wooden structure.

five museums and a sports centre
Image Courtesy by Rafael de La-Hoz

The project aims at exploring the relationship between traditional and contemporary architecture. Surrounded by nature, located between the Dongpo lake and the Min river, Meishan is a growing university city in Sichuan province, within the People’s Republic of China. One thousand years ago, the city of Meishan was the government of the State. It became known as the “town of the learned people” under the Song dynasty. Founded in 1920, Rafael de La-Hoz is a very active architectural firm with a wide international scope. Source by Rafael de La-Hoz.

five museums and a sports centre
Image Courtesy by Rafael de La-Hoz

Location: Meishan city, China
Architect: Rafael de La-Hoz, ADRI-HIT
Year: 2015
Images: Courtesy by Rafael de La-Hoz

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