Visitor Centre in Longquan Dayao National Archaeological Park

Longquan, China_龙泉, China

Historically, Longquan celadon is a type of green-glazed Chinese ceramic, known as celadon or green ware, produced from about AD950-AD1550. This national Archaeological Park is built to preserve the Longquan historical kiln conservation sites in Dayao village.


The exhibition and public transportation are two main programs required for this visitor center, which is going to be a place where people park their own cars and take local shuttles to different locations. The building is split into three disconnected rectangle-shape spaces, and a continuous zigzag wall associates those spaces with five courtyards in different scales into an integrated building. Each space is divided into two parts by the rammed earth wall in a diagonal angle, creating a sense of direction allowing people to gain connections with courtyards and landscape in a larger scale.


The key to complete three individual space along a continuous wall is to express structure in a selective manner. The edge columns are all embedded in the rammed earth, leaving the center column as an umbrella-shaped structure. The space is expressed by the actual revealed structure, meanwhile, the structure offers a misreading of each architectural elements in this building.


Collaboration: ZGDRI