Located an hour outside of Shanghai, Chongming is a popular getaway island for the people in the region. Booming with tourism, the verdant agriculture of the island now plays host to a new bamboo pavilion designed by LIN Architecture.
Led by Lifeng Lin, the studio explored the role of space as a social generator as part of this installation. The sinuous pavilion sits in the rural fields surrounded by verdant landscape and water bodies. The pavilion creates concentrated public spaces, activating the wider landscape. According to the architects, the bamboo pavilion focuses on joint participation, ecological construction, sustainable operation, teaching within research, etc.
The pavilion acts as a node in the wider landscape, generating curiosity among visitors and urging to be explored. A great pit stop for the passers-by, it invites people to stop and experience it from a distance or up close and personal. Its public nature is evident as kids and families are urged to explore its curving edges and folds. It acts as a background for all human activities and the point of interest at the same time.
LIN Architecture defines the geometry of the pavilion informed by the vastness of the horizontal plane, i.e., the landscape, and the lack of enclosed spaces. Thus, the pavilion creates a spatial enclosure, with programmes being stacked vertically, creating endless loops inviting viewers to explore it from all sides.
LIN Architecture explains how field theory shaped the design of this pavilion, “Interactions between family members or strangers are realised by the space, enticing people to break boundaries. People spend their time resting, talking, and transiting around this installation. They finally build up a sense of intimacy and connection by travelling from one field to another experiencing it from a comfortable social distance to a tense social distance.”
Installed in a collaboration between students and designers, the pavilion was realised in about two weeks on site. The process involved erecting the main structure which starts with fixed point positioning, followed by the building of the secondary structure. Once completed, the team started the collaborative process of form-finding, followed by the weaving of external skin which gives the pavilion its detailed skeletal façade.
This experimental project successfully activates the rural public space, while creating an efficient construction process.
Status: Commission, Built
Location: Shanghai, China
Client: RAC studio
Architects: LIN Architecture
Design team: Lifeng Lin(Finn Lam), Jiawei Lyu
Collaborators: Racstudio team
Photo credit: Songkai LIU, Jiawei Lyu, Lifeng Lin(Finn Lam)
LIN architecture is a cutting-edge design and research institution in Asia, dedicated to space research, design, and education. The creative field of the studio covers architecture, urban, landscape, interior, plane, interactive technology, cultural communication, design education, and virtual construction. Creative media includes publication, exhibition, video, and other media arts.
Core members of the team hail from some of the world's top universities, including Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, University of London, etc. The members' works have been featured in 2020 Beijing International Design Week, 2018 Venice Biennale, 2018 Milan Design Week Oriental Exhibition, 2019 Barcelona Design Week, 2019 St. Petersburg Design week, 2019 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urban Architecture (Shenzhen), 2019 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season-Encounter, 2019 Modern Shanghai Fashion Home Furnishing Exhibition, and other major exhibitions.