The project is located in Chongli, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. The site, sitting halfway up the mountain at the relatively flat terrain of the southwest corner, offers a panorama view at the landscape below.
The concept is drawn from a study in traditional Chinese architecture: the contrast between the heaviness and the airiness, and in this case, the stone base against the floating wooden roof. As a direct response to the topography, the foundation of the architecture forms a layered structure, with ramps connecting platforms on different levels. Without obstruction of interior walls, the entire public space stands as a whole, where visitors could enjoy a continuous view at different levels. In response to the form of the foundation, the interior structure consists of a series of wood columns shaped as reversed “V.” Its unique shape further creates a visual and spatial progression: the view expands as one descends from the upper level and the spatial scale opens up.
As the major structural elements, these “V”-shaped wood columns support the giant roof above and ensure the long span of the interior space. To deepen the connection with its local context, rubble stones excavated on site stand as an essential construction material for all walls in this project. This dialogue between wood and rubble stones corresponds to the context.
Location: Chongli, Zhangjiakou, Hebei
Program: Bookstore, Exhibition, Café,
Principal architect: Hua Li / TAO
(Trace Architecture Office)
Project Architect: Feng Zhenhui
Design team: HUA Li, Feng Zhenhui, Du Yunqiao,
Cheng Xiangju, Wang Cheng,
Zhai Dongyuan, Chen Yuan, Jiang Li,
Zhao Kai, Ma Kun,
Structural engineer: Zhang Zhun
MEP engineer: LV Jianjun
Floor area: 3243 sq. m
Structural system: Glued-laminated limber structure /