THE YŬSHUǏLAND CULTURAL CENTER, 2020

Inspired by traditional cultural attractions, infused with the many cultures of water, YushuiLand is a contained ecology that utilizes passive building strategies to provide space for the local community. Communal gardens and a pool enclose public plazas that also serve as venues for special events as well as a basin for collecting rainwater.

 

The culture of water is typically romanticized but it comes with many logistical and architectural implications that are often overlooked. Within these walls, patrons must abide by the oddities that emerge from water culture. They are confronted with an awkward intimacy that comes with the exposure to water. Think of walking in a crowd of nearly-naked strangers in a water park or feeling a stranger's perspiration in a crowded public place.

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RECIPIENT OF AIANS NEWARK & SUBURBAN ARCHITECTS STUDENT MERIT AWARD, 2020