Zeya is known as a provincial-level scenic spot with the reputation of Wenzhou “West Yandang”. The original name is “Zhaixia”. Zeya is the transliteration of “Zhaixia” in Wenzhou dialect. Zeya is rich in heritage with the ancient houses of Ming and Qing Dynasties ; The Paper Mountain Culture (the national key cultural relics protection unit-quadruple Papermaking workshop), known as the “living fossil of Chinese papermaking”, is still active in the mountains.
▼建筑沿街外观，external view of the building ©吴昌乐
The Longxi Art Museum is located on the Longxi Landscape Belt on the west side of Zeya Town Government. The land area is small and narrow. The east side is the intersection of Tongjing Road and Wenyuan Line, and it is also the gate of Zeya Scenic Area. The `local houses, self-operated shops and mobile vendors are kept. The daily activities of the villagers makes this area more worldly . This project is expected to face the city with the attitude of renewing the local cultural network and inviting the people to participate in rural experience, and become a rural art gallery that can be Zeya’s landmark. Therefore, how to deal with the relationship between the building and Longxi, local buildings, and local humanities, as well as exploring the critical relationship between towns and villages has become the focus of this design.
▼整体鸟瞰，overall aerial view ©吴昌乐
▼顶视图，地块狭长，top view, project located on a long and narrow site ©吴昌乐
The project faces waterscape on the west and the traffic arteries on the east. Using the height difference between the plot and the landscape trail to dig the ground to 2 meters underneath to dissolve the pressure of the art gallery and form a natural separation from the traffic road. Following the trend, the building fell down with five interlocking and scattered monoliths along the shore, responding to the traditional construction culture of Zeya’s quadruple papermaking workshop. At the same time, the open space on the south side of site is used as the entrance plaza , and the reserved space on the north side is used as the secondary entrance; the local overlapping water landscape and hydrophilic platform are introduced on the west side of the building to connect with the original walking trail; on the east side, the gap between building and roads is used to forms a country lane road with elevation difference; the three routes through the site and the building provides a larger range of activities for tourists, local residents, and visitors to enhance the fun of wandering.
▼临溪景观步道，landscape walkway along the river ©吴昌乐
view to the river from the building ©吴昌乐
overlapping water landscape ©吴昌乐
walkway on the water surface ©吴昌乐
lane road with elevation difference ©吴昌乐
▼丰富的空间，rich spaces ©吴昌乐
▼室外楼梯，outdoor staircase ©吴昌乐
The five spaces descending from the south to the north are successively composed of functional areas such as reception area, exhibition area, and coffee area, and are connected in series by steps and ramps in the overlap of the space. Set up stairs in the reception area and the last coffee area to lead to the second floor, forming a complete closed traffic loop. The east and west facades of the building are open and free. On the premise of meeting the needs of indoor display, the connection between the residents’ sight and the Long river landscape is preserved.
▼大厅和展厅，hall and exhibition hall ©吴昌乐
▼一层展厅，exhibition hall on the first floor ©吴昌乐
▼透过落地窗看向水景平台，view to the waterscape platform through the floor to ceiling window ©吴昌乐
▼二层展厅，exhibition hall on the second floor ©吴昌乐
▼从展厅望向河景，view to the river from the exhibition hall ©吴昌乐
opaque glass surface ©吴昌乐
▼圆形中庭，circular atrium ©吴昌乐
skylight and the light shadows it creates ©吴昌乐
Construction and Material
Considering that the local stone is relatively scarce, and concrete has become the main material for the construction . Therefore, the building adopts cast-in-place wood-formed concrete, which improves the stability of the structure while ensuring the purity of the space; at the same time; The staggered carbonized wood formwork gives the concrete wall a natural wood grain texture, which increases the affinity of the building and responds to the surrounding natural environment.
▼木模混凝土细部，details of the wood-formed coneret ©吴昌乐
When art gallery, as a product of urban cultural development, implanted in Chinese villages,we try to link the building with the site environment, regional culture and residents’ activities to weaken the inherent impression of the so-called “non-ruralization”, so as to explore A critical relationship with low interference and strong integration with the countryside. At the same time, we try to respond to the innovative attributes of the art museum and its political mission to drain the countryside with unconventional spatial operations, seeking a new rural architectural expression and spatial experience in the local area.
▼沿江夜景，night view along the river ©吴昌乐
▼总平面图，site plan ©FAX椽桢建筑事务所
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©FAX椽桢建筑事务所
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©FAX椽桢建筑事务所
▼屋顶平面图，roof plan ©FAX椽桢建筑事务所
Project name：Zeya Longxi Art Gallery
Design: Fax Architects
Gross Built Area: 1074.7㎡
Project Leader：Tao Wenshi
Project Architect：Liang Xiao
Project Team：Xia Chenxing、Wang Yingying、Wu Yanyan、Zheng Yingying、Lin Xueran、Tao Yun、Chen Yumo、Qiu Pengcheng”
Project location: Yuankou Village, Zeya Town, Ouhai District, Wenzhou City
Photo credits: Wu Changle
Cooperative Design Institute: Zhejiang Jonson Design Co., Ltd.
Structural Design: Weng Huixi
Electromechanical Design: Miao Kequan, Xie Maobo, Lin Xiangqian, Dai Guosen
Landscape Design: Zhejiang Lvjian Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Lighting Consultant: Enke Zhuguang
Signage Design: Jiaxuan brand design
Construction: Zhejiang Vision Construction Group Co., Ltd.
Project Manager: Xu Jianyong”
Clients: Zeya Town Government, Ouhai District, Wenzhou City
Brands / Products used in the project: Wood Architectural Concrete 、U Profiled Glass、Al-Mg-Mn alloy