The project is designed to reveal the essence of surrounding context by changing forms. The building is seen as a dialogue with surrounding environment. Such environment refers to both current physical environment and historical unity. From the perspective of urban development, Xi’an, an ancient capital of the Six Dynasties, is experiencing constant changes by breaking traditional enclosed city wall and rebuilding new order of urban development.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
The project is located at the rapidly-growing Xixian New Area of Xi’an. The land sits near the major axis of Xixian and lies at the central node of the Energy Park’s major axis. With a narrow and long rectangular form, the site is close to roads on both sides and urban greenbelt in the east. Meanwhile, the building and environment fit harmoniously with each other, which dovetails with the major axis of Xixian, stimulates the vitality of historical space and becomes a “city parlor” for citizens.
▼项目俯视图， top view of the project ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
Architectural form and composition
Interwoven and superposed geometric objects of Malevich’s abstract art are used along with the rectangular site to become a form consisting of three interwoven and superposed rectangles, which lies snugly at the site. Standing in north-south direction, the three blocks in different sizes and interwoven arrangement make the site look less narrow. The block in the middle is the main entrance of the building, and the two rectangular blocks in the south and north are arranged near the middle position to make the space look wider and enhance the functionality of the building.
▼引用马列维奇抽象画中几何体交错叠加的组合方式，interwoven and superposed geometric objects of Malevich’s abstract art ©日清建筑设计
▼建筑体块生成，block analysis ©日清建筑设计
At the eastern main entrance, the large terrace of the northern block and the water beneath it make up a layered and orderly space. The reddish brown zigzag-shaped slope leads people to the second floor, which adds interest to the space and enriches the façade.
▼北侧立面，north section ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
▼立面设计继续延续马列维奇的抽象画，the façade design continues to adopt Malevich’s abstract art ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
The façade features virtual-real combination. That is, “virtual” glass is combined with “real” white granite. The façade design continues to adopt Malevich’s abstract art by using white granite as the “drawing board” and glass window as the “geometry” , and partial geometry extends to the roof. The window frame is decorated in three colors (red, yellow and blue) to present a three-dimensional abstract painting of “suprematism”.
“Integrated” spatial experience
The indoor space follows the principle of “suprematism” to create practical, flexible and integrated space.
▼二层悬挑的特色大露台， the peculiar terrace on the second floor ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
▼悬挑下的室外休闲空间，Outdoor leisure space under the cantilever ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
The simple architectural form and internal simple spatial form are complementary, as both of them constitute an “integrated” architectural spatial sequence. The open space at the main entrance highlights a sense of spaciousness. The southern discussion area is a flexible and open space, which serves the purpose of functionalism to some extent. Functional separation is carried out for the open space through components, which helps create connected yet independent small spaces. It sticks to the “integrated” principle and shows the spirit of place.
The open book bar is connected with the peculiar terrace on the second floor and reddish brown zigzag-shaped slope, which allows external and internal space to get connected. The suspended terrace features stepped design to achieve extraordinary spatial experience.
▼开敞式书吧，open book bar ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
White granite is mainly used in the project, and its background color is greyish white dotted with grey spots. Only grayish white background can be seen in the distance, and grey spots gradually appear as the distance decreases, which enhances the details and texture.
White granite is mainly used in the project, and its background color is greyish
“Rusty steel plates” with rust stabilization treatment are used for the zigzag-shaped slope and partial façade. Rusty steel plates look yellow at first and become reddish brown finally, as rust continues to grow. They are 5-8 times the working life of common steel; besides, they are environmentally-friendly, coating-free and maintenance-friendly. These weathering resistant steel will turn golden yellow in the end, and such warm color greatly increases affinity and boosts the spirit of place.
▼项目中的折形坡道及部分立面采用了锈钢板，“rusty steel plates” are used for the zigzag-shaped slope and partial façade ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
▼露台外景， see the terrace from outside ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
▼北侧立面夜景，night view of the façade ©是然建筑摄影Schranimage
▼剖透视，sectional perspective ©日清建筑设计
▼爆炸图，key section ©日清建筑设计
▼总平面图，site plan ©日清建筑设计
▼一层平面图，1F plan ©日清建筑设计
▼二层平面图，2F plan ©日清建筑设计