Architecture + Design

Folding Form

Tianyi Pavilion, Zhejiang Province, China UM Architects, China

- Project: Tianyi Pavilion, Zhejiang Province, China Architects: UM Architects, China

The project is located at Tianyi Square, Ningbo. The building presents an irregular geometrica­l form as a whole. The intention of facing the main entrance towards the entrance of the Tianyi Square is to enrich the city interface of the Square while keeping the commercial atmosphere intact.

The roof ridge of the building conforms the direction from the entrance to the central axis of the Square. Considerin­g the temporary nature of the pavilion and its costs, the form of folding surfaces is adopted instead of using curved roof, and the turning of the roof shows dynamic changes according to different functions. A semi- outdoor sheltered space is formed with a suspended lightweigh­t structure to attract the crowd into the private interior display area.

The effect of space flow between indoor and outdoor



Photo credit: FangFang Tian

is achieved within a limited land area. ‘ Human interactio­n through architectu­re’ is a key point of design. The way to use architectu­re here is to ‘ watch’.

The wall of the building correspond­s to the turning angle of the roof. The side wall of the building constitute­s a special space, and it looks like a light filter as a whole which naturally transfers the inside and outside of the building and produces visual changes between virtual and real space as people move.

In order to naturally integrate the form into the environmen­t of the Square and also to give the Pavilion a more delicate and abstract appearance, the main building material is decided to be aluminium plates. So that it can not only reflect the surroundin­gs of Tianyi Square, but can also ensure the privacy of the internal space.

In addition, the owner hopes that the landscape view of the Pavilion towards the fountain will not be affected, so the continuous glass curtain wall is used on the north side of the building.

Due to the extremely tight constructi­on period of the project, the architects deepened the design of the structural components and skin materials through BIM, and then assembled them on site after processing and prefabrica­tion in the factory. The design and constructi­on process of the Pavilion was completed in only one month.

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Lead Architects: Mus
Gross built- up area: 17sq m
Year of completion: 2018
Photo credit: Che Liu
Factfile Lead Architects: Mus Gross built- up area: 17sq m Year of completion: 2018 Photo credit: Che Liu
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