Riverside Clubhouse / TAO

The clubhouse is located on one side of a river in Yancheng (China), surrounded by a park and sports field. A series of elements of the site define a tranquil, pure and poetic atmosphere: the extended horizon, sky, water, island in river, and reed. In this environment architecture must be a careful intervention to avoid ruining the original sense of the place and create a close contact with nature. A glass building on riverside and in trees proved to be an excellent idea to integrate visitor, architecture and landscape.

The design takes Mies’ Farnsworth as a prototype concept but a series of actions on it lead to following results: smaller building depth with better views, introversive courtyard space offering more privacy, getting closer to water and accessible roof as extension of landscape. The transparency dematerializes architecture and we can notice a strong desire to create flowing and see-through space to maximize visitors’ experience of natural environment outside.

Responding to the horizontal feature of surrounding landscape and trees in site, the building is made into a linear form.  It zigzags and flows, sometimes approaching the ground, sometimes floating in the air; inside it provides to visitors various views at different level and angle and slim columns on pile foundations support this floating form!

The floor thickness and column size are made to their minimum dimensions to emphasize the “light” character of building and feeling of floating. The materials such as low iron glass, white aluminum panel, travertine floor, precast concrete panel and translucent glass partition are used to create the atmosphere of simplicity and purity. In this way an abstract form becomes a natural choice aesthetically.

I think this is a wonderful project, realized by TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li, and completed in 2010.

From: http://www.archdaily.com/

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