NAN architects adds a peeling translucent facade to community center in china

NAN architects adds a peeling translucent facade to community center in china

shanghai-based firm NAN architects designed a community center in the yubei district in chongqing, china, that seems to peel out of the ground to invite visitors in. located at the popular intersection of yueqing avenue and xinyue road, the project was first used temporarily by the sales center. but in order to meet the needs of the early exhibition center and later the event space, the designers used long spans and overhanging truss structures to create a column-free space. 




NAN architects created an unobstructed area of over 1,000 sqm, providing a public urban living room that serves the residents of surrounding communities. the flowing structure responds to the formal logic of circulation paths such as stairs, and forms a rich roof platform. the architects used the structure to express the unique spaces, or what mies van der rohe called ‘universal space’ and ‘flowing space’. 




the surrounding aluminum meshes provide angled shade for the interiors and an ethereal quality to the facade. the shading makes a private atmosphere in the interior space, while not blocking the parallel light, so that the interior remains illuminated naturally. the structure is draped behind the aluminum meshes, creating a mysterious relationship between the inside and the outside. 






project info:


principal: xu nan 

design team: huilian tang, zhonghan tan, xiao fang 

client: hongkong land 

structural design: kai he (cmcu engineering co, ltd.) 

curtain wall design: dan long cmcu engineering co, ltd.) 

construction drawing design: han li (cmcu engineering co, ltd.) 

photography: tian fangfang 

location: chongqing, china

project year: 2019 

area: 2700㎡ 

material: steel, aluminum panel, aluminum meshglass curtain wall



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