Peace Pavilion (winning proposal) by Changze Cai

A pavilion for the promotion of universal peace

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“和平馆”位于塞内加尔南部的塞久,是由巴鲁奥-萨罗协会发起的KAIRA LOORO国际建筑竞赛(评委包括隈研吾等人)的中标方案。该组织的建筑师和工程师团队将与塞内加尔当局和机构对此获奖方案进行建造评估,研究其财务和技术可行性。项目将被置入一个特别微妙的城市环境中,基地为Casamance河沿岸一块平缓的粘土地。它是一处多功能场所,在这里可以举办永久和临时的艺术展览,分享和平与记忆的价值。


The Peace Pavilion is located in Saigon, which is the winning project of Kaira Looro Architecture Competition, launched by the Balouo Salo Association. It will be evaluated by a team of expert architects and engineers from the organisation, in collaboration with Sedhiou’s authorities and institutions, in order to study its financial and technological feasibility. The project will be inserted in a particularly delicate urban context. The plot is located along the bank of the Casamance River, on predominantly clay terrain and with a minimal slope. The project is to create a pavilion for the promotion of universal peace, besides, permanent and temporary exhibitions can be held here.

▼总平面图,master plan



▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

The Peace Pavilion is immersed in the surrounding environment and natural landscape, bordered by the river on one side and the city on the other. Peace Pavilion attempts to integrate into the base with a simple mass and become a landscape in a humble posture. Stepping onto the suspended pedestal and entering through a narrow doorway, it is a courtyard enclosed by a wooden structure colonnade. The sun shines in from the top of courtyard and shines on the wooden box in the middle. The simple sequence expresses the tranquility of the space.People can walk, communicate and sit quietly in the courtyard to feel the stability and tranquility of their homes in the peaceful times. On the one hand, the courtyard provides a space for people to communicate with each other. On the other hand, it also improves the microclimate of the building and increases the indoor ventilation effect.

▼由木结构柱廊围合的庭院,the courtyard enclosed by a wooden structure colonnade


Work into the corridor from the courtyard, the long corridor sensitively accommodates the rhythm of the footsteps, and the sound of the courtyard. the light coming in from the hole in the claywall, sprinkled in the hallway, leading people to the area of ​​prayer and contemplation,Along the steps,you come to the contemplative space, Mood slowly settled and brew a mood that is in harmony with the contemplative atmosphere.

▼光线从走廊夯土墙上的洞口照射进来,the light enters the corridor through the hole in the clay wall


Along the wooden pillars arranged longitudinally on both sides, the line of sight extends forward. The narrow and long gap between the two exhibition halls allows you to see the outside world. But as you pass by, the scenery outside the building will fade slowly and eventually fade away as the angle changes. It encourages visitors to reflect on and remember the relentlessness of the turmoil and its depression, as well as the fresh life that has fallen from the war, but most importantly, to look forward to a peaceful and beautiful world and the future. Light shines through the gap between the eaves and the rammed earth wall, hits the wall, increases the quietness of space, and the space in this area materializes the meaning of peace.

▼沉思空间:从狭窄的缝隙望向河边,contemplation area: view to the riverside through the narrow gap

▼从沉思空间望向走道,contemplation area facing the aisle


The prediction of local technology and the understanding of the spatial characteristics of the “Peace Pavilion” make us finally choose the construction method of using rammed earth wall and wood frame. Consider using local rammed earth and local wood tocreate a space that fits the theme. The spatial interface is defined by the inner timber structure and the outer rammed earth.Light fuses the two materials together.

▼结构图解,structure diagram

▼通风图解,ventilation diagram

位置:非洲 塞内加尔 塞久

Project name:Peace pavilion
Project location:Sedhiou, Senegal
Floor area:300㎡
Leader designer & Team:Changze Cai
Work Unit:Architectural design & research institute of SCUT

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