The Lecture Hall of Tiangang Zhixing Village

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Educational
  • Company/Firm
    SYN Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Zou Yingxi
  • Design Team
    Jiang Zhihua, Han Yang, Tian Yahong, Nan Wenjing
  • Architect
    SYN Architects
  • Photographer Credit
  • Location
    Baoding, China
  • Client
  • Project Date
    October 10, 2020

The designer conceived the shape of the Lecture Hall through the metaphorical raising of a quadrangle-shaped piece of turf, and then curling it like a carpet to form the envelope of the building - the raised turf exposes the soil which lies beneath the grass, revealing the core essence of the countryside. The exposed side of the rolled “turf” is clad with wooden shingles, which turns into a sloped roof which necessarily protects the building from wind and rain. The underside of the roof is covered with longitudinal timber cladding and continues down the inner surface of the curved wall to the ground. The intimate, organic nature of the materials connects the striking form of the building to the memory of rural tradition, so that the building as a whole integrates into the atmosphere and simplicity of the village, through the process of its generation from the area’s "soil".
Once the "lifting" action has been completed, the whole building takes shape. In addition to the curved wall and roof, The designer uses large panels of floor-to-ceiling glass for the other walls, with weathered steel vestibules at the north and east facades to highlight the entrances.