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Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

China Architecture News - Dec 21, 2021 - 16:56   1108 views

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

LIN Architects has built a folded, black-clad wooden pavilion that is informed by various elements of human behavior in Zhenjiang, China. 

Named Wood Pavilion #1, the 50-square-metre pavilion is located near the river in the tourist area of Jiangxin Island in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, China.

The pavilion, searching for new architectural space prototypes, focuses on the different human behavioral patterns and ergonomics, creating an alternative space for a small-scale pavilion typology.

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

West facade. Image © LIU Songkai

In this project, architects give up the consideration of functional elements and start to look for keywords that can define spatial elements in the environment.

Comprised of a single linear volume, another linear volume wraps and hides the main volume inside. The studio designs the main living area within this linear volume, consisting of a seating space and a skylight for daylight.

After analyzing the site, the studio focused on three keywords: ergonomics, Proxemics, and Behaviorology. As the studio emphasizes, the scale of human behavior was one of the design parameters of this project. 

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

North facade. Image © LIU Songkai

"Research on the behavior of different people is a very good design resource for architects. By observing and understanding the behavior of people, designers can discover all kinds of possibilities of space," said LIN Architects. 

"Proxemics is a concept developed by Columbia University anthropologist, Edward T Hall, in his book, Hidden Scales," the studio added. 

In this project, architects deepen and extend the concept, applying it to the category of physical space, discussing how intimate space, private space, social space, and public space are defined and designed at different scales.

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Visual window, light window, and small seat. Image © LIU Songkai

Speaking of behavior, from the perspective of architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, human, nature, and architecture are discussed as a whole, because the study of this case does not involve the category of urban daily life pattern. 

Therefore, the Behaviorology of various elements in the natural environment was studied and explored. Breeze, sunshine, the sound of waves, drizzle, sweet osmanthus fragrance, affecting feelings, perceptions, touch, hearing, visual elements, are the materials of the architects' design. 

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

The wind blew the fallen leaves into space. Image © LIU Songkai

Through keyword research, architects began to create new forms of space in response to the various design elements surrounding it.

Human behavior, such as sitting, squatting, lying down, meditating, listening, peeping, wandering, overlooking, and even staring, is the form of space. 

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Relationship between light and shadow in interior Space. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Relationship between light and shadow in interior Space. Image © LIU Songkai

The act of light, the rising of the sun, the setting of the sun, the passing of the last light, the coming of the lamp, the illumination, is a dialogue between space and time. 

The surrounding environment, sea breeze brushing, leaves rustling, frogs chirping, cicadas singing, is the medium of dialogue between people and space.

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Glimpsed the evening blue sky through the skylight. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Relationship between light and shadow in interior space. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Glimpsed the evening blue sky through the skylight. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Light seeps in through the crevices, and the sea breeze blows in through them. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Sitting on the stone floor and meditate, feeling the wind and light. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Relationship between light and shadow in interior space. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Midday daylight illuminates the entrance space. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Midday daylight illuminates the entrance space. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Lying in front of the window and looking out at the landscape. Image © LIU Songkai

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Site plan

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Floor plan 

Various elements of human behavior inform black-clad wooden pavilion designed by LIN Architects

Section cut view

LIN Architects previously completed a meandering bamboo pavilion acting as a social generator in a rural area of Shaghai, China.

Project facts

Project Name: Wood Pavilion #1 Experiment on space prototype (I)

Design Firm: LIN Architects

Project location: Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China

Area: 50 m²

Year: 2021, December

Land area: 160 m²

Lead Architects: Lin Lifeng, Chen Yuwei

Teaching research support and Materials Support: RAC Studio 

Construction guidance: Shanghai Kangle Wood Structure Co., LTD

Technical Consultants: Shao Yinghong, Hu Hongman, Xie Gong

Owner and venue: Aoya Design, Jiangxinzhou Wutao Village

Drawings: Chen Yuwei, Chai Zongrui, Li Xueqing, Huo Yan, Huang Qiyue, etc

Design participation and site construction: Chai Zongrui, Li Xueqing, Huo Yan, Huang Qiyue, Zhong Yaoyao, Ren Yiyang, Chen Xiaochi, Chen Luyao, Yang Chenxuan, Wang Xuening, Zhang Zhen, Li Xiaomin, Zhu Xuanyi, Wu Yifan, Lu Zheyuan, MAO Dangran, Wen Sirui

Top image © LIU Songkai

All images © Songkai and Lin Lifeng

All drawings © LIN Architects

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