The Peace Pavilion is located in Saigon, which is the winning project of Kaira Looro Architecture Competition, launched by the Balouo Salo Association. It will be evaluated by a team of expert architects and engineers from the organisation, in collaboration with Sedhiou’s authorities and institutions, in order to study its financial and technological feasibility. The project will be inserted in a particularly delicate urban context. The plot is located along the bank of the Casamance River, on predominantly clay terrain and with a minimal slope. The project is to create a pavilion for the promotion of universal peace, besides, permanent and temporary exhibitions can be held here.
The Peace Pavilion is immersed in the surrounding environment and natural landscape, bordered by the river on one side and the city on the other. Peace pavilion Peace Pavilion attempts to integrate into the base with a simple mass and become a landscape in a humble posture. Stepping onto the suspended pedestal and entering through a narrow doorway, it is a courtyard enclosed by a wooden structure colonnade. The sun shines in from the top of courtyard and shines on the wooden box in the middle. The simple sequence expresses the tranquility of the space.People can walk, communicate and sit quietly in the courtyard to feel the stability and tranquility of their homes in the peaceful times. On the one hand, the courtyard provides a space for people to communicate with each other. On the other hand, it also improves the microclimate of the building and increases the indoor ventilation effect.
Work into the corridor from the courtyard, the long corridor sensitively accommodates the rhythm of the footsteps, and the sound of the courtyard. the light coming in from the hole in the clay wall, sprinkled in the hallway, leading people to the area of prayer and contemplation,Along the steps,you come to the contemplative space, Mood slowly settled and brew a mood that is in harmony with the contemplative atmosphere.
Along the wooden pillars arranged longitudinally on both sides, the line of sight extends forward. The narrow and long gap between the two exhibition halls allows you to see the outside world. But as you pass by, the scenery outside the building will fade slowly and eventually fade away as the angle changes. It encourages visitors to reflect on and remember the relentlessness of the turmoil and its depression, as well as the fresh life that has fallen from the war, but most importantly, to look forward to a peaceful and beautiful world and the future. Light shines through the gap between the eaves and the rammed earth wall, hits the wall, increases the quietness of space, and the space in this area materializes the meaning of peace.
The prediction of local technology and the understanding of the spatial characteristics of the "Peace Pavilion" make us finally choose the construction method of using rammed earth wall and wood frame. Consider using local rammed earth and local wood to create a space that fits the theme. The spatial interface is defined by the inner timber structure and the outer rammed earth.Light fuses the two materials together.
Project name: Peace pavilion
Project location: Sedhiou, Senegal
Floor area: 300㎡
Leader designer & Team: Changze Cai
Work Unit: Architectural design & research institute of SCUT