Retreat Center Design Competition
– Winner!

China

Woman in Swimsuit

Wen Jian

Woman in Swimsuit

Wang Yue

Woman in Swimsuit

Liu Yue

Woman in Swimsuit

Wen Jian

I'm a junior at South China University of Technology in China, now studying architecture.

1.Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
I'm a junior at South China University of Technology in China, now studying architecture.


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?
This competition asked us to make a building that is connected with nature. We found that most of the previous buildings used architecture as a medium to interact with nature. But we hope to create a space where the architecture itself interacts with nature. Therefore, we extracted the concept of tide water and created different architectural spaces through the interaction between tide water and buildings.


4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
When I visited the Shanghai World Expo in China in 2008, I felt the charm of architecture.


5 What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture to me is a way of shaping space, a way for architects to express their vision.

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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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