XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china
 

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china

after being commissioned by developer, vanke, janson xian architect+associates (XAA) has realized the ‘dongpo academy’ for a lakeside site in meishan, china. the project takes inspiration from the city’s history and culture, with a particular focus on its literary background. interestingly, the design also pays homage to the local god of literature, as it is said he descended to earth and became the symbol of meishan city.

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

images by ix-miles, chao wu, lujing photography and here space photography

 

 

when developing the design for the academy, XAA sought to recognize the god of literature by tracing a strong, mountainous form. as well as providing a defining character to the architecture, the roof creates transitional spaces between indoor and outdoor, thanks to deep overhangs that at points extend down to the ground. large-scale rooflights and the surrounding glass curtain wall also allows streams of natural light to flood the interior. additionally, with the application of the glass curtain wall, the building appears to float above the lake in front of it.

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

 

 

the architects specified a steel structure rather than concrete in an effort to create a more human-scale, while also reminding visitors of a traditional wooden building. inside, warm timber surfaces line the spaces, affording a friendly, inviting atmosphere. however, the application of glass and metallic materials offset the wood to provide a cool touch and a satisfying contrast. 

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

XAA's lakeside academy appears to float on water in meishan city, china designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project name: dongpo academy

location: eastern bingjiang dong road, dongpo district, meishan city, sichuan province, china

architecture firm: janson xian architect+associates (XAA)

lead architect: tao zhan

design team: wang tian, mengyu wang, chao wu, zhi li, shuo lin, xiteng lin, niangxin huang, xiaowei huang

clients: vanke

completion year: 2019

site area: 129,166.9 ft2 (12,000 m2)

gross built area: 29,708 ft2 (2760 m2)

façade consultant: deqiang zhang, jiehong tang, qi tan

structure: guangzhou hanhua architects+engineers co.,ltd

engineering: guangzhou hanhua architects+engineers co.,ltd

interior: enjoy design

landscape: DDON

rendering: XAA-CG studio

photography: ix-miles, chao wu, lujing photography, here space photography

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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