kengo kuma and associates continue to release new projects based in china, this one being based on the banks of yangcheng lake, a location famous for its mitten crab. the building is already under construction and when completed, will serve as the yangcheng lake tourist transportation center; a place to attract tourism but also a depot for the boats sailing on the lake.

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the triangular buildings from above view as the symbol for the number 8 in chinese
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the building itself sees the construction of two triangular roofs that are angled and opened towards the water. kengo kuma has given the structure a subtle nod to china; from above, the volumes appear to form the symbol for the number eight– a number that is considered lucky in chinese culture and relating to prosperity. on the surface of the roof, thin and long aluminum panels will overlap to mimic the texture of an old thatched roof and underneath, a wood-wrapped interior with a terrace will form a generous outdoor space. this contemporary interpretation combines an old influence with a modern day material; an approach kengo kuma is recognized for in his work. in turn, the tourist center will be expected to be an architectural symbol that will attract visitors from all over.

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the gift shop

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the atrium and welcoming area

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  the center hopes to attract tourism but also serve as depot for the boats sailing on the lake

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the site is currently under construction

 

 

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