November 20, 2023
Woyun Platform: Harmony unveiled, a serene oasis in urban design.
_project: Longmenshan Town Woyun Platform
_location: Pengzhou, China
By blurring the boundaries between the built environment and nature, architecture can help us feel more connected to the world around us and promote our well-being. To achieve the goal of connecting users with nature, Archermit studio incorporated several key design elements into the Woyun Platform. The project is designed to popularize the science of the Panda Forest Park and promote the appreciation and respect for the natural world.
The site of the project is at a triangular intersection, and the designers adopted a circular design technique to dissolve the conflicts of the building with each boundary and better integrate it into the surrounding environment. The whole building is elevated, making it look like a giant white tree, and the space under the tree is completely open, returning to nature and becoming a public leisure place for the surrounding villagers.
According to the designers, "Woyun" in Chinese refers to the leisurely and comfortable appearance of lying high in the clouds, which is the state of unity of nature and humanity in Chinese culture. They took this name for the project based on the state presented by the fusion of architecture and nature.
The physical spaces we inhabit can impact our relationship with nature, and architects face challenges in designing spaces that promote this connection. The designers of Woyun Platform addressed this challenge in two ways. The first aspect is how to make the external natural environment, including light and shadow, sunlight, and air flow, act on the building. The application of the lighting atrium solved the problem of insufficient lighting in the interior space. The large roof is designed according to the geographical location, and it ensures the transparency of the glass surface while controlling the sunlight within a comfortable range, which also contributes to building energy efficiency. The second aspect is to apply artificial landscape to the building. Water can flow from the roof through the atrium patio and the overhead space at the bottom, and then use the lower water pump and purification equipment to return to the roof to form a water cycle and adjust the microclimate of the building area.
The large roof at the top isolates most of the city, making people more purely feel the comfort brought by natural landscapes such as sky, mountains, and wind. The green island is specially designed on the water surface of the roof, and there is no path to reach it. It is a place for birds to stop and rest.
_article written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Archermit & Architecture Hunter
_cover image by Arch-Exist
_drawings by Archermit
1. Site Plan
2. 1F Plan
3. 2F Plan
4. 3F Plan
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