Retreat Center Design Competition
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China

Woman in Swimsuit

Wen Jian

Woman in Swimsuit

Wang Yue

Woman in Swimsuit

Liu Yue

Woman in Swimsuit

Liu Yue

I am a junior student studying at the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology.

1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
I am a junior student studying at the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology.


2. What is your design philosophy?
The tides are one of nature's greatest forces. The Bay of Fundy in Canada has the highest tidal range in the world. Tidal forces cause the space of the beach to cycle over time. It is a place of extraordinary mystery and interest. A building will respond to the tides to create a unique architectural space.
Through a corridor connecting the buildings on the beach with those on the sea, it is a pilgrimage of art. Sometimes the sea gets so full that people can't walk. Sometimes the sea recedes and people pass freely.
It's like the journey of self-discovery --sometimes within reach.
With the passage of time, the size range of architectural space will become larger and smaller over time. As the waves recede, the mainbody of the building will be revealed, and the study space will be maximized. People can feel the water and the space surrounded by the building up close. With the passage of time, the waves rise slowly, over the steps, over the floors, flooded the building, the building space is gradually compressed, gradually smaller, become an island in the sea.
This is a solitary building on the sea. It's a building that has a lot to do with water. Architecture is not determined by man, but by nature. In the cycle of waves, people will get the ultimate sublimation, feel the greatness and power of the sea more deeply, and feel the insignificance of human beings, the inner fickleness will be eliminated, and finally people will be calm.


3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
When it comes to what brings peace of mind, I naturally think of the night I went to the beach for the first time. As someone who grew up in an inland city, when I first felt the power of the sea, my emotions were filled with awe and peace. At that moment, I felt the eternal connection between nature and human beings. I hope to reproduce this connection in our buildings.


4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
When I visited the Forbidden City in Beijing at the age of fifteen, I felt the grand power of architecture. That's when I started to focus on this unique realm that concerns people and the world.


5. What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture is a tiny window for me to understand this magnificent world, and it is also my way of expressing my vision of the world.

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Mantra in tide ——“I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint”

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Mantra in tide ——“I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint”

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Mantra in tide ——“I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint”

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Mantra in tide ——“I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint”

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