The small boat terminal is located near the small village named Pai Town in the Linzhi area of Tibet Autonomous Region. As the remotest stop along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it allows both local people and travelers from outside to transport by water deep into the valley and come to the foot of the Namchabawa Snow Mountain.
With a total area of only 430 square meters, the building program is quite basic. It has a few toilets, a waiting lounge, a ticket office and a room for people to stay overnight in case the weather goes too fierce to travel on the river. The programs are covered by a series of ramps rising from the water and winding around several big poplar tree, and ends up suspending over the water. Looking from a distance, the building is completely merged with the riverbank topography and becomes part of the greater landscape.
Construction materials are mainly local. All the walls and roofs are made of rocks collected from nearby. Walls are built by Tibetan masonry builders in their own pattern. Windows and door frames, ceilings and floors are all made of local timber.
Project Name: Yarlung Tsangpo River Terminal, Linzhi, Tibet
Location: Pai Town, Tibet
Program: Public Boat Terminal
Site area: 1000 sqm
Building area: 430 sqm
Client: Tibet Tourism Holdings
Project Architect: Zhang Ke, Hou Zhenghua
Design Team: Zhang Ke, Hou Zhenghua, Zheng Hong, Dong Lina, Sun Wei
LDI: Tibet Youdao Architectural Design Institute + China Academy of Building Research Architectural Design Institute
Structural System: Mixed - Stone Masonry / Concrete Frame and Steel