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Li Xiangning

Based in the city of Chengdu, western China, architect Liu Jiakun describes his style of building as “here and now”. He is also an acclaimed writer in Chinese literary circles, as his thoughtful projects, rooted in Chinese traditions, would indeed suggest. Jiakun’s earlier work could be defined as echoing Chinese modernism while at the same time reflecting topographic context and local craft traditions. The Luyeyuan Stone Sculpture Art Museum is one his most famous early works. The overall layout with its courtyard space and meandering pathway through the complex gives a sense of flexibility within a highly organized whole. Both the architecture and courtyard blend with their context, their design exploiting natural ventilation and light, which reaches into the exhibition spaces inside. Everything about the architecture and its spatial distribution is conducive to...

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