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STRAY BIRD_ENTRANCE/Qingshan Wu

STRAY BIRD at YELLOW RIVER

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Recreational Architecture
Firm LocationHangzhou, China
CompanySTUDIO QI
Lead ArchitectShanshan Qi
Design TeamMengfan Zhou, Yuting Zhao, Ping Yang
ClientSTRAY BIRD CULTURE AND LEISURE

Stray Bird at Yellow River is a cutting-edge recreational space for short-stays in one of China’s most magnificent locales: an oasis encircled by the Yellow River and Tengger Desert in Ningxia’s Autonomous Region. The architecture is compelled to challenge the traditional rammed-earth building typography, re-present itself in an ecological and airy structure. As such, it engenders a new definition for localization, pushing for pre-fabrication and higher construction quality in rural China. Such a design inspires continuing discussions of architectural transparency, bringing a new chapter in Chinese tourism.