Shangrao, Jiangxi, China (2014)
type: civic and cultural
The Shangrao Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Museum is set upon an elongated strip of land adjacent to a green axis to the south and major road to the north.
Conceptually, LAB have used these lines to create a dynamic pair, with the two buildings closely related formally and in proximity but with the ability to function independently both programmatically and aesthetically when viewed from any angle around the site. Each building is based on a clear and simple ?flow loop?- a figure 8 shape formed by the duality of the two buildings in the masterplan.
The outer edge of the site is a green corridor, which separates the plot from the adjacent arterial road. Two water rings radiate out from the buildings. Movement across the site leads to a public intersection at its centre, creating a forecourt for the entry of both buildings.