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From Landscape to the Ontology of Architecture

Scenic Architecture Office

Asia | Shanghai

The founder of Scenic Architecture Office, Zhu Xiaofeng, started his practice in the village of Jiangnan (a term meaning “south of the river”), on the outskirts of Shanghai. Scenic’s design concept often references the landscapes and white walls typical of the Jiangsu and Zhejiang province. Indeed, how to take on board and reinterpret the Jiangnan landscape style in a contemporary way is perhaps the focus of their work. Two of the practice’s earlier projects - the Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts and the Jintao Village Community Pavilion - are especially deferential to traditional features like sloping roofs and white and timber walls. Yet the Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts combines the white walls and gray tiles of vernacular Jiangnan architecture with the modernist style. The Jintao Village Community Pavilion, on the other hand,...

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