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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.

Three Courtyard Community centre in Jiangsu Province, China by AZL ARCHITECTS

 
June 6th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AZL ARCHITECTS

On the eastern edge of Yangzhou’s new development area and east of the 2500-year-old Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Three Courtyard Community Centre stands out from the surrounding newly completed call centres, glass office blocks, and farmers’ villages. The Community centre’s programme calls for recreation, dining, and meeting spaces for the surrounding residents and employees.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: AZL ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Three Courtyard Community centre
  • Location: Jiangsu Province, China
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Project Team: Zhang Lei, Shen Kaikang, Yang Hefeng
  • Collaborator: Yangzhou City Planning & Design Institute
  • Project Area: 1900 sqm
  • Project year: 2008-2009

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

The three courtyard blocks each feature a different element of a traditional Chinese garden: bamboo, stones, and water.  Around each themed courtyard, brick-clad units congregate to form a village atmosphere.

The architect’s interests in vernacular public structures evolved into the typology of this project.  Continuous roof profiles in local villages and red clay bricks made from the local riverbed undeniably anchor the project the site.  The terracotta bricks are used both in structure and in façade, with patterns stemming from and building upon local building culture.

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