aoe’s metal mesh curtain links architecture with nature while honoring chinese traditions

aoe’s metal mesh curtain links architecture with nature while honoring chinese traditions

when asked to design the sales office of china’s largest developer sunac, aeo chose to honor chinese tradition by emphasizing the expression of architectural logic following natural law. draping the building in a metal mesh curtain, the beijing-based studio uses the secondary skin to form a symbiotic space for both man and nature.



contrary to western architecture — which is based on a geometric form and stone masonry construction systems — aoe adopted a design for the exterior which is dictated by natural curves. the unique façade overhangs, with its eaves forming a gray lounge space linking the building with its surroundings. the metal fabric also forms a sustainable curtain to protect the building from direct sunlight.



the internal and external spaces are linked visually and spatially in an elegant transition. translucent materials create a looming visual blur within the depth of space.



although the architectural form and the materials are modern, the core idea follows chinese architecture philosophies. the translucency — together with the distinctive landscape — creates a poetic zen space.


video by wang yibo




project info:


name: chongqing sunac one central mansion sales pavilion
design: aoe
architect in charge: larry wen
designer: yibo wang, chao xie, yusong zhang 
completion year: 2017
location: huxie road, yuzhong district, chongqing, china


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • I think this is really interesting. Reflexively, I like it, with the catenary curves amplified by the wire. I wonder why all shots are night time, when the space is actually used mostly in the daytime. Also, wonder whether space users ever feel they are inside cage.

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