Chetian Cultural Center

Guizhou Province, China
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Arquitectos
West-line Studio
Dirección
Chetian Village, Gui’an New Area, Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China
Año
2015
Building Area
715 sqm
Design Team
West-line Studio
Lead Architects
Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie

Chetian Cultural Center is located in the rural Chetian Village, 30 km from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, in South-West China. The village has more than 400 years of history and is famous for its 'stone houses' built with local materials. 41 families, out of the 207 living in the village, belong to the Miao (苗) ethnic minority, one of the oldest minority groups in China, most of whom live in Guizhou province. The square outside the cultural center, surrounded by the river, is often used as a stage for local Miao dance and drama performances.

The architecture of the cultural center is strongly characterized by 40 cm thick walls, built according to the local traditional methods, using the stone coming from the village's pit. The stone has a very unique blue shade, which is why it is commonly called 'blue stone'. It comes from sedimentary rocks and its major components are limestone and dolomite. The strong and obsessive presence of the stone creates an intimate interior space and shows the architects' deep respect for the historical masonry traditions of Chetian Village.

So far, this project has been titled with:
"Gold" of German Design Award 2018;
"Popular Choice Winner" of A+ Awards 2018;
and "Highly Commended" of Wan Awards 2018.

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