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The UIA work program Responsible architecture released two online examples

France Architecture News - Jul 30, 2015 - 11:12   4559 views

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The UIA work programme Responsible architecture, directed by Jayantha Perera, has decided to spotlight two shining examples of responsible design: the Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper, designed by architect Hua Li of Trace Architecture Office (TAO), located in Tengchong, PR of China; and a study entitled Answers to disasters and extreme environmental conditions, by Philippine architect Edilberto F. Florentino. Here, you can see the details of the project  ''Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper'' designed by Hua Li of Trace and for the other project please click on the project link above.

Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper by Hua Li, Trace Architecture Office(TAO) 

The museum of handcraft paper is located in a field next to Xinzhuang village under Gaoligong Mountain of Yunnan, a world ecological preserve area in southwest of China. The village has a long tradition on handcraft paper making. The museum project is a part of the plan for preservation and development of traditional resources, in which papermaking will be preserved as cultural heritage and contribute to community growth. To exhibit the history, technique and product of paper making, this museum consists of exhibition space, bookstore, work space and guest rooms for artist and visitors. The site is next to the main road entering the village.

The museum functions like a preview window of the village, in the sense that the whole village will function as a big museum because each home in village will open to the visitors showing papermaking process. The museum is thus conceived as a micro- village, a cluster of several small buildings. The building scale is in concord with adjacent village and landscape. The spatial concept is to create a visiting experience alternating between exhibition inside and landscape outside when visitor walks through the galleries on ground level, so as to provoke an awareness of the inseparable relationship between paper making and environment.

On second level, there is an open work space and meeting room. Through an outdoor stair, one can walk up to roof terrace with a view to the bamboo roofscape of galleries below, and a glass roofed veranda space facing east where one can have a panoramic view to Gaoligong mountain. 

The form and detail of building is conceived to respond to the views, natural light, and climate. In galleries, the breeze blows through the porous stone footing at the bottom of exterior wall for ventilation so that the wall is free of operable windows. Thus it gives more wall area to the exhibition. The openings on the wall are purely for views to the outside. A single piece of glass is set in the opening and turns it into a picture of landscape.

The high windows on side wall of gallery introduce natural light into the exhibition space yet avoiding the glare at eye level. The handcraft paper is pasted on the bottom side of glass roof of linking space between galleries so as to gain diffused light from above. On facade, the exterior wall stops at the bottom of beam level and exposes beam and part of columns at the corners. Also with exposed roof structure at interior space and the stone column base on facade, these details reveal that the building is supported by the column and beam system instead of wall.

The handcraft paper on interior finish is applied on a wood frame with 45cm by 45cm square module (limited by the paper size but guarantees the smoothness of wall). The exhibition niche layout based on this module is integrated into the wall. The white paper wall in galleries creates a soft and warm atmosphere and keeps the space abstract. 

Project Facts

Architect: Hua Li, Trace Architecture Office(TAO)

Location: Asia and Australia - China - Tengchong

Climate Zone: temperate

Design status: build

Date of completion: 2009

Type: Museum

Site area (m2): 300

GFA (m2): 361

Density: 1.203

Building Costs: 65000 EUR

Building Costs / m2 GFA: 180.055

Use of renewable ressources - low tech: natural cross ventilation 

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