Beam Pavilion, Hebei, China by YZSCAPE

A way people intervene the nature.

Project Specs


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▼公园北段梁亭外观,external view of the pavilion in the north part of the park

The Guyang River, situated in the eastern of He Jian City, is a part of the ancient waterway around the river in history. However, in modern times, the waterway has been abandoned, and the large waste from the surrounding factories and residential areas made the ancient waterway a drain. The Guyang River Park we designed and built is the important part of the renovation of the water system around the city: dredging waterways, rectifying water bodies and ecological restoration of water bodies and surrounding areas. We expand the water surface and add walkways and structures around the waterway for people to pass and rest. The new Guyang River have become a place for residents to relax and integrate into nature in addition to flood discharge function.

▼临水亭榭,waterside pavilion


Beam Pavilion is the two sets of waterside pavilions that we designed in the Guyang River Park. Here, the pavilion is a way we intervene in nature, andoffers a new perspective and experience of the scenery. It is in this process that we create the landscape.

▼公园南段梁亭,为人们提供了一种介入自然的方式,the pavilion in the south part, which is a way people intervene in nature

森佩尔在著作中将建造技艺分为两种基本类型,the tectonics of the frame the stereotornics of the earthwork。 前一种可以理解为木头之间的搭接形成的框架,后一种是砖石重复砌筑中形成体块和体量。这两组临水亭榭就是通过梁这个构件,将两种技艺上下叠合形成的。 

Semper divides the construction skills into two basic types in his works:the tectonics of the frame and the stereotornics of the earthwork. The former can be explained as the frame formed by the joints between the woods, and the latter is the formation of the mass and  volume in the repeated masonry. The two sets of waterside pavilions are formed by the overlap of two techniques up and down through the beam.

▼跨越12米的梁,pavilion with 12-meter beam


Structural Expression


The building is composed of two layers.The lower block wall provides the boundarywhich produces the opening and closing of the space, and the upper frame supports the roof to protect the roof from the sun and the rain. We intend tolet the lower masonry play a dual role, not enclosing the space and shaping the site, but also carrying the weight of the upper truss through the bonding of the beams. In traditional Chinese architecture, the girder isthe most important component of the building. The size of the girder determines the span of the house, and the weight of the truss is concentrated on this component. The span and height of the beam is the expression of the scale of the building.

▼建筑分为砌块和构架屋面两层,the building is composed of two layers, lower block wall and upper frame


We aim at making the beam a core expression of the force on the roof truss in the design. The exaggerated girder is 1 meter high and spans the entire width of 12 meters, but is less than 2.3 meters above the ground. It is almost within reach. The beam’s span seems farther due to the disparity between the height and the span. The beam is nearly 4 meters on the outside. On one hand, the large-scale exposed part enhances the visual expression of the beam , and on the other hand it blurs the internal and external relation of the building, and both sides of the wall provide shelter for people.

▼挑出的梁强化视觉效果,cantilevered beam provides a strong visual impact




The design proposal is inspired by the transmission of the force of the bucket arch. The inverted pyramid structures on the top of the beam and the stigma, welded by square steel pipes and be transparent from all sides, transfer the weight of the roof downwards.The thick and heavy roof structure is supported by the small steel pipes, and gathers the weightalong the direction of the steel pipes to a point of the beam. They disengage the roof from the support structure, forming clearer joints of the frames.

▼梁顶和柱头上以倒金字塔结构方管连接屋面,inverted pyramid structures on the top of the beam and the stigma to support the roof


The low beam not only gives the body a sense of urgency, but also defines “inside” and “outside” before the roof. The girder slightly above the head is always through the building. Standing behind the beam, we can see the picture frame defined by the beam and the ground. Walking forward will complete the crossing under the beam. This is the most unique ceremony in the beam pavilion, a wonderful interaction between the building components and the body.

▼压得很低的梁限定“内”与“外”,the low beam defines “inside” and “outside”

▼从亭中看向外部景观,view to the outside scenery from inside the pavilion

▼梁亭冬景,view of the pavilions in the winter

▼梁亭夜景,night view of the pavilion

▼北段梁亭平面图,plan of the pavilion in the north

▼南段梁亭平面图,plan of the pavilion in the south

▼北段梁亭剖透视,perspective section of the pavilion in the north


▼南段梁亭剖透视,perspective section of the pavilion in the south

项目设计 & 完成年份:2018年

Project Name: Beam Pavilion
Design: Yzscape 
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Design & Completion Year: 2018
Leader Designer & Team: Ming Yan, Huan Wang
Project Location: Hejian City, Hebei Province
Gross Built Area: 600㎡
Photo credits: YZscape
Structural design: Xuemei Gao
Clients: Hejian Housing and Urban and Rural Planning and Construction Bureau

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