The black sandware art inherited for 2000 years, the art and wisdom of fire and earth was passed down in Yingjing. Yingjing County Silk Road Shadu Complex Project is a strategic measure to build a "National Eco-cultural Tourism Integration Development Pilot Zone and a National Comprehensive Tourism Demonstration Zone" in Ya'an City under the background of this new era. Surrounding the core resources of blacksand intangible cultural heritage, the design built a unique cultural tourism brand in the region.
The overall design of the Sand Museum takes full advantage of Yingjing’s regional culture and landscape and ecological background, and is conceived with a concept that stands out from the entire ancient building area. The buildings use a large number of solid walls as the facade design to highlight the thickness of sandware. The sense of heaviness makes the main body of sandware the only focal point of cultural dialogue, and the building grows in a way that adapts to the terrain.
The materials of the entire plaza are made of local stone and pebbles. The open space becomes a communication stage for people to discuss sandware culture and study sandware craftsmanship. In the dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces, the local waterscape of the site becomes a dialogue medium between the building and the earth. The building echoes each other through a naturally unfolding wall and the circular sacrificial kiln banquet building under the wall, creating a more shocking visual experience and space perception.
The architects of A9a believe that the exterior wall that restores the original sense of sandware is both a tribute to the classics and injects new vitality. The local coal ash is reprocessed to become embellishments, reshaping the form of contact with the world to gain the current sense of belonging to the site. Returning sandware to people's daily life has become the main theme of this design. In addition to functional layout and other practical significance, it also accommodates more content. The intention of natural environment man-made objects to be integrated into a whole is to achieve the ultimate harmony and unity.



Site Area: 10,729 sqm
Construction Area: 13,000 sqm
Program Area: Museum construction area - 1910 sqm ; Square construction area - 2377 sqm ; Hotel & Workshop construction area - 5830 sqm ; Resort construction area - 394 sqm ; Hostel construction area - 2308 sqm
Green Square Area percentage: 25%
Climate system in the complex is VRV system placed on the rooftop.

Leader designer & Team: Li Yuejiu & Ale, Zhu Hao, Shen Xinyi
Photo credits: ARCH-EXIST Photographer
Construction Drawings: Architectural Design Institute of Chongqing University & Liu Yucheng, Su Zhiming Design Team