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📷 Zhang JunHui (Xi'an) 张钧挥
The Napavilion is an intimate yet expansive geometric project designed by Geoffrey von Oeyen as an optical device for framing the landscape of rural Lantian County outside of Xi’an, China. This project is a viewing and small group event space for international wine investors and local farmers in the vineyard surrounding the Jade Valley winery and resort. The design of the ruled surfaces of the symmetrical walls, constructed of 97 sectional layers of dimensional lumber, change in angle, density and pattern to transition from a triangular to a trapezoidal elevation. The environmental differences produced through the design allow for varied daylight conditions, visual screening, wind baffling, and degrees of enclosure for standing, sitting, or napping. The stepped roof is covered, yet the level floor joists above the ground remain open to below, allowing cool breezes to flow inside. Supported by concrete columns recalling the slender concrete trellis posts in the surrounding vineyard, the pavilion's wooden structure appears to float in the landscape. Formally, the pavilion’s scale, orientation, proximity to the hillside, and spectrum of visual transparency both register— and heighten an awareness of— the bucolic site conditions. Professional builders, local laborers, and graduate students in architecture from the USC School of Architecture, the American Academy in China (led by Clifford Pearson) and the Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology (led by Rongrong Hu), participated in a multinational, multiethnic effort to construct the entire project in less than two weeks.
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