The sculptural building provides a landmark hub for a new neighbourhood
Located in the evolving district of Fengdong near the historic Chinese city of Xi’an, the LAND Community Centre aims to be a social and cultural hub for the neighbourhood. Conceived as a ‘floating gateway’ for a new residential development, the 4,500 sq m project has been designed by EID Architecture, a practice based in Shanghai and Hong Kong and led by architect Ping Jiang.
LAND comprises a community service centre, cafe, gallery, flexible spaces for education and recreation, a daycare centre for children, a gym, sports courts and a subterranean swimming pool. The underground spaces are organised around a sunken oval courtyard featuring a Zen garden.
As well as hosting community functions, the LAND project is designed as an urban structure which aims to both be a local landmark and a hub for public space. The sculptural building hovers over a plaza, providing sheltered open space for gatherings and communal activities.
For the building’s curved lower portion, a combination of digital fabrication and local crafts were used to produce precast GFRC panels, arranged in a rippling effect. The monumental mass of this building base makes reference to Xi’an’s historic city wall and gateway.
A double-height rectangular floorplan sits above the base, hosting the community functions. This ‘floating’ level is wrapped around with floor-to-ceiling glazing comprised of curved high performance low-iron glass panes, forming a light-filled interior space. On the very top of the building, there is a green roof.
The project was conceived by EID as a piece of bioclimatic infrastructure which combines local natural resources – both climatic and material.
Photography by Lujing Architectural Photography and Yike Studio