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MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof

monoarchi unveils xinyu nature community center in china

 

Echoing the encompassing rich natural forms, MONOARCHI perches the Xinyu Nature Community Center at the edge of the Xiannv Lake Nature Reserve in Jiangxi, China. With a discreet and fluid form, the structure integrates seamlessly into its landscape and celebrates a symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature through glass curtain walls that bring the outside in, and a continuous silver aluminum roof that opens up to allow the site’s trees to pass through the body organically. Inside, an exposed steel skeleton supports the entire skin of the building, which alongside the ‘breathing’ roof shape, creates a theatrical space with a fantastical experience.

 

The Xinyu Nature Community Center introduces new, immersive nature experiences and public services, including an information center, café, bookshop, conference rooms, and catering facilities, all tucked inside the winding glass and metal volume. 

MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
Xinyu Nature Community Center integrates into the rich encompassing landscape

all images courtesy of MONOARCHI

 

 

echoing natural forms of the rich surrounding landscape

 

Preserving the rich natural landscape and maintaining a low-intensity development, MONOARCHI discreetly nestles the volume along a north-south axis into a flat space between two hills, stitching them together. ‘In order to avoid the building’s length being overwhelming to the natural environment, the building resembles Moby Dick, a massive body, that tumbles through the landscape, trying to swallow the woods side into itself,’ explain the architects.  Developing a fluid form that echoes the contours of the encompassing terrain, the team wraps the steel skeleton of the Xinyu Nature Community Center with a silvery-white metal skin that reflects the light and silhouettes from the lake and mountains, topped by a continuous, undulating roof. The large aluminum roof slopes down in the west, lifting upwards at a point to form the main entrance of the building while preventing a full view of the interior.

MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
the winding volume follows the contours of the site

 

 

a symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature

 

Integrating the outdoors with the interior, the roof opens up to the adjacent fields and reservoir and a continuous transparent glass curtain wall wraps around the center. Meanwhile, the pre-standing trees at the site are preserved and integrated to freely pass through the body of the volume, revealing the symbiotic subject between architecture and nature. Low, 6-meter eaves further frame the landscape to offer visitors picturesque views from different angles while responding to the rainy weather conditions of the area, allowing visitors to breathe in the fresh scent of the fields.

MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
low eaves respond to the local rainy weather conditions

MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
the trees of the original site are preserved and integrated to freely pass through the center

MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
a transparent glass curtain wall blurs boundaries between interior and exterior

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MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
MONOARCHI introduces an immersive experience at the Xinyu Lake Nature Reserve

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MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
 
MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
 
MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
 
MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
 
MONOARCHI tops nature community center in china with undulating aluminum roof
 

project info:

 

name: Xinyu Nature Community Centre
location: Jiangxi Province, China

architecture: MONOARCHI
lead architects: Keming Wang, Xiaochao Song

design team: Qi Xue, Qi Zheng, Yining Gao, Yuxi Yang

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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