Pavilion +

"Pavilion" - as a starting point

From the urban and rural renewal in recent years to the global trend of design weeks and biennials, "Pavilions" are often used as landmarks or containers. This is in line with the effect of "Pavilions" in gathering the public and their advantage in low cost. According to "Shiming·Shigongshi": 'Pavilion, for stopping, for gathering'. The project aims to provide a place as a catalyst of village renewal, and gradually transform the programmes and events within it with the development of the village, from public service to ritual activities, and finally, to accommodate public arts.

Local Climate

The geographical environment and climatic characteristics of the Lingnan region have has a great impact on local traditional buildings. While the wet and hot climate of Guangdong benefits the local tropical plants, it makes any space with poor ventilation and sunlight exposure fairly uncomfortable. The project takes advantage of this feature and represents the traditional integration of Cantonese residential halls and patios, and the alternation of open and semi-open spaces. Through greening, shading systems and natural ventilation, it creates a pleasant microclimate.

In Gangtou Village, such semi-outdoor spaces are usually taken by local residents for public activities, such as the halls and patios of Shaowen Hall and Zeng Wensun Ancestral Hall, which have become the place for the elderly to chat and play cards, and the paradise for children to play.

New/Old; Indoor/Outdoor; Artificial/Natural

The design of the 'Pavilion +' retains the existing elements and features of the site to the greatest extent, including the remnant walls, houses, and lush vegetation.

The interior and exterior of the pavilion transition from gravel to concrete by pavement, and at the same time, it is blurred by the horizontal extension of the upper roof and the natural spread of the vegetation underneath. Just as a major feature of Lingnan gardens, the architecture and the garden become an inseparable whole.

The structure inserted is placed on the site with a minimal form and minimized footprint to reduce the budget and reduce the impact of new structures on the site. The existing structure is reused as the container of servant space. Corten steel plates are selected as the main material of the pavilion, using modern materials to distinguish the old and new structures. The colour and rough texture of Corten steel are close to its context, while its maintenance requirement is low, and it is weather-resistant and corrosion-resistant. As time goes by, the changes in materials and the existing old brick walls on the site simultaneously reflect the timeliness of the architecture. The pavilion is not only a gathering place for aboriginal people and visitors but also a garden for artworks. The plain steel structure and the preserved brick walls provide the best background for public art.

“Q-Village · GangtouInternational Young Designer Competition:

Honorable Mention