Plat­form for lo­cal ar­chi­tects

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By SUN YUANQING and HU MEIDONG

As China hosts numer­ous in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences, this has brought op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal ar­chi­tects to show their tal­ent.

Liu Fan­glei, deputy chief ar­chi­tect of the Bei­jing In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign, is among those who have shown their abil­ity to com­bine moder­nity with tradition.

From the 2014 APEC Sum­mit and last year’s G20 Sum­mit to the BRICS meet­ing to be held later this year, Liu has de­signed many struc­tures for these ma­jor events.

He was the main de­signer for the Belt and Road sum­mit venue. The meet­ing was held in Bei­jing in May.

Be­fore he de­signs venues, he goes to the area to seek inspiration from the lo­cal land­scape, his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture.

For the APEC Sum­mit site, Liu trav­eled around Bei­jing to do his re­search. Then, in­spired by the lines and sil­hou­ettes of tra­di­tional Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture in the Han (206 BC-AD 220) and the Tang (618-907) dy­nas­ties, he de­signed a struc­ture with the clas­sic fly­ing rafter.

As China has be­come a test bed for many West­ern ar­chi­tects, Liu says, it is im­por­tant to raise the aware­ness of Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture.

“We should dive into our own cul­ture to cre­ate ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Liu, 46.

Fol­low­ing the APEC Sum- mit in 2014, Liu de­signed the G20 Sum­mit venue in Hangzhou, a place known for its land­scapes and cul­ture.

The struc­ture was in­spired by the land­scape and the pavil­ions in East China, cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere that makes peo­ple feel they are sur­rounded by gar­dens and lakes.

Now, for the BRICS Sum­mit in Septem­ber, Liu says the struc­ture will re­flect the di­ver­sity and beauty of Xi­a­men, which was part of the an­cient Mar­itime Silk Road.

For Liu, tra­di­tional Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture pro­vides him with inspiration. And he tries to main­tain har­mony be­tween peo­ple and na­ture in his work.

“If you don’t like your cul­ture, then it’s hard to get other peo­ple to like it,” he says.

If you don’t like your cul­ture, then it’s hard to get other peo­ple to like it.” Liu Fan­glei, ar­chi­tect


The APEC Sum­mit site in Bei­jing is among the struc­tures de­signed by Liu Fan­glei.

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