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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

XI’AN GREENHOUSE in China by Plasma Studio

 
September 3rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Plasma Studio

Conceived as a precious crystal, semi-submerged in splendid isolation, reached by boat across the lake followed by a short walk from the shore, the greenhouse for the Xi’an Horticultural Expo blends into the hillside. Visitors access the building through a prolonged cut, literally scooped up from the ground, emerging into a light-filled reception space. From here the visitor passes along a tessellated mesh of paths to three different climatic zones with corresponding plant environments.

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

  • Architects: Plasma Studio
  • Project: XI’AN GREENHOUSE
  • Location: China
  • TYPE: Exhibition, Infrastructure, Public
  • STATUS: Competition, Built
  • YEAR: 2009-2011
  • CLIENT: City of Xi’an
  • BUDGET: Undisclosed
  • SIZE: 4,000 sqm
  • PROGRAM: Greenhouse
  • AWARDS: Wallpaper’s Best Building Site 2011, This Decade of Architecture in China 2000-2010
  • PARTNER IN CHARGE: Eva Castro, HolgerKehne, UllaHell

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

The greenhouse has a horseshoe plan, creating a loop that changes radically in section to accommodate a series of unique planting and spatial conditions. With the interior and exterior ground planes gradually shifting in relation to each other, the visitor experiences a sequence of visual enclosures alternating with long vistas out and across. The horseshoe shape also generates an interior open-air courtyard, making it the natural centre of the building and creating a three-dimensional web of interior and exterior circulation.

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

Image Courtesy © Plasma Studio

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