There is a trend in China toward reclaiming traditional forms of urban and rural architecture for conversion into hospitality facilities such as hotels, resorts and temporary residences. Thus local architectural history becomes the focus of attention for tourists.
Han Wen-Qiang and Archstudio’s new Buddhist temple on the river in Tangshan, in northern China, is a highly symbolic project. Archstudio has designed an underground construction with open courtyards and skylights that let the temple’s natural surroundings come in and promote meditation.
Poly WeDo is a school of music and the performing arts for children in Beijing’s Yongli shopping centre. Archstudio, the Chinese architects who designed the school, took great care with every detail, from acoustics to the natural environment.
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