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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.

Five museums and a sports centre in Meishan, China by Rafael de La-Hoz

March 12th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz

Within the framework of a restricted architecture competition organised by the authorities of the Meishan city, Sichuan province, in the south of China, the Spanish architectural studio Rafael de La-Hoz, associated with the Chinese design institute ADRI-HIT (Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology), wins the design competition to design a large leisure complex which includes five museums and a sports centre.

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
  • Project: Five museums and a sports centre
  • Location: Meishan, China

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

A museum of Culture, a museum of the City, a museum of Science and Technology, a library, a wide exhibition hall and a sports centre will shape this complex over a total surface area of 260,000 sqm. The plot of this project will be located in natural surroundings, close to various buildings of the University of Meishan.

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the complex is inspired by the important personality of the Song dynasty, in particular the poet Su Dongpo – the most versatile genius in the history of Chinese literature. The master plan is based on the traditional drawings of buildings made of bamboo and on Su Dongpo’s poems, while the buildings represent bamboo leaves, and the bands of the landscape – water and vegetation – represent bamboo branches and logs.

The winning pattern brings out the essence of the terraced rice paddies of Sichuan province and reinterprets the abstracted smooth curvatures of traditional Chinese roofs and their symbolic architecture characterised by wooden structure. The project aims at exploring the relationship between traditional and contemporary architecture. 

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Image Courtesy © Rafael de La-Hoz

Surrounded by nature, located between the Dongpo lake and the Min river, Meishan is a growing university city in Sichuan province, within the People’s Republic of China. One thousand years ago, the city of Meishan was the government of the State. It became known as the “town of the learned people” under the Song dynasty.

Founded in 1920, Rafael de La-Hoz is a very active architectural firm with a wide international scope.

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