Suiseki Hall: The Incredible Architecture of China’s Newest Hall

Suiseki Hall: The Incredible Architecture of China’s Newest Hall ⇒ Located in the ancient city of Liuzhou, in the Chinese province of Guangxi, Suiseki Hall is characterized by the peculiar contemporary design that mimics the dramatic topography of the city, carved by the Liujiang River. Zhanghua Architects conceived the project as a dichotomy of contrasting formal languages. The volume of the building is generated by the negotiation between the angular rear face and the curving front face.

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Zhanghua Architects designed the building fundamentally as an amassment of serial sections. The translation between a linear profile and a curved profile results in a formally unusual, in-between space — an uncanny landscape.

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“From the cultural point view of, in Chinese landscape culture, a mountain and a stream are not opposite but a harmony worldview. Mountain and flowing water like ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ are the performance of all things. Two sides is a unity of opposites and can transform into each other between the two. The heavy part is earth, while the light part in heaven. Such thought is not only a literal idea of the intellectuals, a comprehension ancient people feel about nature, but also a phenomenon we can observe in nature,” says the design team.

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The architects continue: “in karst landform, the stone surface pattern under the impact of fast-flowing water will have manifold changes. This is a special texture of stone water lines in the impact of years of water erosion, which I call the solidification of water. On the other side, high temperatures will change stone into liquid form too. This special liquid, under high temperature and at the sudden change in temperature will also show the characteristics of the water, still filled with a sense of movement. The various changes described above belong to the topological fractal transformation or change in the geometry.”

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Source: Design Boom

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