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.
Visitor Center in Hengshan Temple in Shanxi Province, China by Latitude Studio
May 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
As fast as China develops new requirements for Architecture displayed. Far away of the quotidian urban scenario, this enterprise requires the knowledge of how to operate in a historic-rural area.
The aim of this municipal action is to promote tourism in an ancestral scenario; particularly, one which is characterized by the existence of the Hengshan temple, a monument of the Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD). There is also a dam next by which is going to be used in order to promote its use as an aquatic recreation.
In this scenario, the architectural purpose is focused on how to utilize the distance between the lowest elevation of the dam and the highest. The focus on this characteristic creates the possibility of taking the full potential of what it would be otherwise a basic element –a stair- and make of it an architectural excuse to create a vertical promenade.
This promenade is materialized away from picturesqueness that would be created in the misunderstanding of this characteristic enterprise. It is looked for a new different model of approach; one which is closer to the ancestral sense of the local heritage than the literal reproduction of the local forms.
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