This project was located in Lin’an Qingshanhu Aquatic Forest Park as temporary pavilions for the Artifacts Art Exhibition that opened on June 1, 2022. In the aquatic forest, which covers an area of about one million square kilometers, there are more than 10,000 pond cypress and swamp cypress trees growing, and wooden trails built for visitors to walk through. As lake water rises in summer, part of tree trunks and all of wooden trails are flooded by then. Hence, the temporary pavilions were kept for less than two months.
The first step was to select the site. We chose to place a number of square stools for visitors at the first important spot of the wooden trail, the Stairs Square. After passing it, around the following triangular turnoff, we chose a round platform that stands at the end of the trail, and another big rectangular platform with an area of about 40 m2 as the two exhibit locations.
The design concept is to minimize the intervention in the environment and maximize the integration with nature; the temporary exhibition buildings are positioned as “pavilions”. Similar to the traditional Chinese pavilions, our temporary pavilions can be viewed from both outside and inside: when viewing the pavilions in the aquatic forest, they stand gracefully and humbly, as well as in harmony with nature; when looking at the artifacts inside the pavilions, visitors can meanwhile experience the forest without barriers.
However, different from the traditional Chinese pavilions, we designed upward sloping roofs, the form of which is based on two reasons: firstly, the roof shape comes from the image of a bird spreading its wings, because egrets roost here; the second point is to maximize the integration with wind, light, rain and other natural elements, so that visitors can fully feel the environmental atmosphere when stay there.
The clients had strict requirements for the construction cost and time of the project, therefore we chose a structure that could be constructed quickly and with low-cost materials: galvanized steel pipes and polycarbonate hollow sheets.
In pursuit of a lighter visual effect, we created a new way of using metal hose clamps and self-drilling screws to connect pipes, instead of using the finished goods of scaffolding fittings. Steel square tubes, which serve as purlins as well as assist in drainage of the roof, are placed on the top of the polycarbonate sheets. In order to make the pavilions hidden in the forest, mirror foils are used as the cladding of wooden counters. The choice of this mirror-reflective material is intended to bring the colors and textures of the forest to the surface of the pavilions. The mirror foils hang down along the railings to the ground, into the water.
Under the supervision of two architects, four workers completed the construction in less than four days. All of the wooden counters were made by a carpenter in a workshop in the city and then transported to the site for the final assembling with mirror foils.
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