The project is the main gate for a wildlife zoo located in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Generally, main gates function very simply as the entrances where tickets are sold and checked, and rather strongly require formal symbolism and landmark visibility.
However, considering these common requirements unfit for the project, the architects strongly appealed to the client for upgrading the program to a center for learning the grand nature of Ordos and finally acquired admission. For they had to resolve the issue that the local citizens were actually living in an environment of rarely experiencing the natural environment of Inner Mongolia itself.
Thus, they had to construct the architectural system as different from those in cities. First of all, they reinvestigated the structural technique with the scale and form close to the grand nature, and had to escape completely from the urban frame structure.
The result was a new structural method combined with two types of most rational and strong structures, cylinder and arch: the plan consisting of differently sized 27 cylinders is simple with geometrical repetition, but the cylinders are interfaced, intersected three-dimensionally, and cut into elliptical forms to make arches. As a consequence, totally 145 arches make up the whole structural system.
Also, for the spatial experience, a form of “original-change-combine” combined with regular un-predictable characteristics based on observation of nature was applied to spatial formation. This completes a simple but ever-changing flow of space which entirely differs from that in cities.
It is hoped that this project will serve as a gate and link to Ordos, the city whose speed of development was once fastest with the average GDP per capita surpassing that of Hong Kong, and to the grand nature that endlessly unfolds around it.