Huazui Art Center, Dali, China by USUAL Studio

A comprehensive cultural and creative aesthetic space

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The Dali Huazui Art Center project is defined as a comprehensive cultural and creative aesthetic space integrating wedding art, photography, exhibition, catering and accommodation.

▼大理“花醉艺术中心”鸟瞰,Aerial view of Dali“Huazui Art Center” ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


The origin of design “Travel Shooting”


On the road around the lake near the project site, no matter the weather is cloudy or sunny, there are men and women who are pursuing a solemn pledge of love taking wedding dresses. Obviously, it is not ideal to take pictures on the side of road where cars come and go. For the designer, it is very meaningful to create a comfortable and exciting aesthetic space with the owner to meet the needs of the tourist crowed taking pictures.

▼大理“花醉艺术中心”,Dali“Huazui Art Center” ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


The design conception “Building is Landscape”


Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, and Jade Belt Clouds are the most expressive natural landscapes in Dali. You will often see rising clouds and mist floating between the mountains and the lake. The renovation design restores such a landscape intention, allowing the building to meander and float like a “jade belt cloud”. As a result, the building is landscaped and integrated into the mountainside, at the same time, the building serves as a container for the landscape, facing the Cangshan Mountain and the Erhai Lake in space.

▼俯览大理“花醉艺术中心”,Overview of Dali “Huazui Art Center” ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce

▼改造后项目外观,External view of th project after transformation ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce

▼竖琴天梯和礼堂,Harp Ladder & Chapel ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce

▼户外旋转楼梯,Outdoor Spiral Staircase ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


Site Strategy “Connection and Reconstruction”


A “wind and rain corridor” connects more possibilities between the building and the site, providing a three-dimensional and diverse tour experience.

▼情书广场与光影长廊,Love Letter Square & Light and Shadow Corridor ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


The part of the corridor is sinked and raised at the important space nodes, forming a chapel and a ladder which dialogues with the distant mountains and lake. The corridor is not only a streamlined transportation system, but also a recreated play space, an important medium connecting place and spirit.

▼竖琴天梯和礼堂,Harp Ladder & Chapel ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce

▼竖琴礼堂,Harp Ladder ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce

▼从礼堂看向洱海,view to the Erhai Lake from the chapel ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


Use natural “light and shadow & red rock”


With the help of Dali’s abundant sunshine resources, the architectural design is like a musical instrument, which can compose the movement of light and shadow: from the graceful light spots in the entrance corridor to the ceremonial array of light and shadow lines in the chapel, and the hyperboloid roof forms a lazy diffuse reflection, like the casual music on the cloud beating gently.

▼竖琴礼堂的阵列光影线条,Array of Light and Shadow Lines in the Harp Chapel ©赵浚策 Zhao Junce


The construction work exposed the natural Karst red rock to the retaining wall, which is a resource that cannot be ignored in the site. In the indoor and outdoor design, we intentionally preserve the natural beauty of the original rock surface. This combination of artificial and nature gives the space a sense of breathing.

▼土墙裸露出天然的喀斯特红岩,The wall exposes natural Karst red rock ©USUAL Studio

▼裸露的天然红岩成为餐厅空间背景,The exposed natural red rock becomes the background of the restaurant space ©LC•studio


Travel Photography Experience “Photographic Art and Space Aesthetics”


The aesthetic space has an important basic function: to meet people’s needs for taking pictures and checking in a famous site. In this project, it is also necessary for the designer to learn to use the language of the lens and use the lens as a pen to describe the unique travel photography space

▼红色空间,Red Space ©梁晨Liang Chen


For different functional spaces, we have designed a series of different themed scenes, connecting these scenes in a developmental space streamline. Different people will walk through them in different ways, producing their own lens stories and different experiences.

▼户外圆形泡池,Outdoor Circular Pool ©莫非 Mo Fei

▼不同取景,Different views in the building ©LC•studio

▼大理“花醉艺术中心”夜景,Night View of Dali “Huazui Art Center” ©LC•studio

▼总平面图,General Layout ©USUAL Studio

▼西立面图,West Elevation ©USUAL Studio

设计机构:寻常设计事务所 USUAL Studio
图片摄影:赵浚策、RENPENG影像、花醉艺术中心、USUAL Studio、LC•studio、梁晨、秘密画廊、莫非

Project Name: Jade Belt Cloud – Dali “Huazui Art Center” Design
Design Contents: Architecture, Landscape, Interior Design
Project Location: Dali, China
Gross Built Area (square meters): 4000㎡
Design Year: 2020 / Completion Year: 2021
Design Company: USUAL Studio
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Leader Designer: Lin Jingrui
Design Team: Wang Kunhui, Wen Hsin, Shenjiajun, Huang Kaiqi, Shen Minghui
Photo Credits: Zhao Junce, RENPENG Image, Huazui Art Center, USUAL Studio, LC•studio, Liang Chen, Secret Gallery Image, Mo Fei
Client: Dali “Huazui Art Center”
Building Materials: Steel, Metal Aluminum Plate, Glass, White Exterior Wall Paint, Terrazzo

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