this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather
 

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

a team led by professor weiguo xu of tsinghua university has built a tourist reception center in china that opens and closes in response to the weather. the project is located in the village of wujiazhuang in dingfangshui county, zhangjiakou — a region with an undulating topography that is preparing to host the 2022 winter olympics. in addition to serving as an information point, the structure is also capable of functioning as a stage for a variety of performances.

operable interactive village hut

 

 

the team from tsinghua university — who also completed the world’s largest 3D printed concrete bridge earlier this year — designed a structure comprising 16 irregular panels, three of which are operable using mechanical devices. when the external temperature is between 16 and 29 celsius (61-84 fahrenheit), the three panels open in different directions, ensuring both ventilation and views.

operable interactive village hut

 

 

when the temperature drops below 16°C (61°F), the panels automatically close and the ground heating system warms the space. conversely, when temperatures rise above 29°C (84°F) the air conditioning system kicks in. storms or snowfall can also be detected so that the building is able to protect itself. each reaction is automatically carried out thanks to a connected three-part system: sensors that collect environmental information; software responsible for calculating and processing the data; and a mechanical device that performs each movement.

operable interactive village hut

 

 

the structure — titled the ‘operable interactive village hut’ — is located on a slope and appears as a continuation of its context. the irregular 16-sided ‘crystal’ echoes the form of the mountainous backdrop, while its material — glassfibre reinforced concrete — seeks to mimic the region’s grass rammed earth walls. the interior follows the irregular introverted-inclining folding form, with a highest point of 5.5 meters (18 feet). embedded into the site’s northeast slope, locally sourced red bricks outside the pavilion create a natural amphitheater.

operable interactive village hut

operable interactive village hut

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

this village hut in china opens and closes in response to the region's weather

 

 

project info:

 

name: operable interactive village hut
location: xiahuayuan village, wujiazhuang, zhangjiakou, china
design team: xu weiguo, han dong, gao yuan, zuo jie, ji yanzhen, li yuqian, etc.
tsinghua university, school of architecture-zoina land joint research center for digital architecture (JCDA)
panel fabrication: BAOGUI stone art company
window fabrication: muhwa construction co., ltd.

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