Powerhouse Company tops reception building with undulating Loop of Wisdom walking trail - architecture and design

Powerhouse Company tops reception building with undulating Loop of Wisdom walking trail



Architecture studio Powerhouse Company has created a reception building topped with a circular walking trail as part of a development in Chengdu, China.
The structures beneath the walking trail will act as a sales pavilion and reception block for the new Unis Chip City development in Chengdu's Tianfu New District, which is under construction in the southern part of the city.
The reception building is topped with the Loop of Wisdom
Powerhouse Company connected these two structures with a bright red rooftop walkway, named Loop of Wisdom, which is designed to make the reception block more useable than if it was a standalone building.
"While spectacular museums and reception centres are quite common in China, we wanted to create an icon that people can actually explore and use," explained the studio's founder Nanne de Ru. A red walking track connects the buildings
The buildings were constructed on a slight hill, and the undulating terrain informed the 698-metre-long circular trail that rises up to form the roofs of the two structures.
"We wanted to work with the landscape rather than ignore it, so we used it to create an elegant, soft form," said Stijn Kempe, partner at Powerhouse Company.

"The building is extremely contextual, even though it is the first building to emerge in this new neighbourhood of Chengdu," he continued.
"Its design is complementary to the surrounding natural landscape and its gentle form invites people to come and explo...
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