The workstation locate south of the Site of XANADU Park(the ruin of the Yuan Dynasty Upper Capital), consists ticketing, security, management offices, resting and tourists’ lavatories for the park, and is part of the Site’s application to become a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Architecture locates on one side of XANADU axis as a cluster. On one hand, this cluster leaves the axis as a landscape and a visual connection towards the ruin. On the other hand, a cluster strategy provides a more friendly scale com-pared to a large block. A group of white circular and oval buildings with pitched roofs interconnected with each other to enclose a private courtyard for staff and a public one for visitors. According to the internal functions, these small buildings vary in size and height, and form an interesting dialogue between each other.
▼远眺工作站，view from distance
Up close, one will discover that these little “tents” are quite unusual: On the side facing the court-yards, the circular and elliptical volumes were sliced continuously into a curving interface of fair faced concrete, later covered by a layer of white paint. The continuously curving outward facing surface of the buildings is covered by white translucent PTFE membrane, which not only provides necessary insulation, but also reminds people of Mongolian yurts, creates a sense of temporariness and minimizes intrusions to the site. The continuous curvy joint of two materials (the PTFE membrane and concrete) provides a comparison of light and heavy, soft and hard. Light fixtures hidden In the cavity between the membrane and the exterior wall emit a soft white glow at night, bring a feeling of lightness and impermanence as if the buildings can be moved away at a moment’s notice like the nomads’ yurts, and paying respect to the Site.
▼建筑外侧的白色半透明PTFE膜材为建筑提供了必要保温，the continuously curving outward is covered by white translucent PTFE membrane, which provides necessary insulation
▼连续地切削形成像建筑被剖开后展开的折线形内界面，the circular and elliptical volumes were sliced continuously into a curving interface of fair faced concrete
▼两种材料的交接处形成了轻重、软硬的对比，the continuous curvy joint of two materials provides a comparison of light and heavy, soft and hard
Built-in furniture is designed in connection with the curved walls and bay windows. Sunshine filters in through the windows and skylights, framing a picture of the prairie below an azure sky.
▼凸窗细部，detail of the window
From far to near, and near to far, the seemingly similar but unusual group of prairie buildings brings a little drama to the visitors.It is small and grand, light and heavy, temporary and eternal, manmade and natural. The building’s presence when it contrast to enviorment not only shows respect to the culture and history, but also has its own identity.
▼建筑与环境，architecture in the nature
Project name: Entrance for site of XANADU
Architect’ Firm: Atelier Li Xinggang
Lead Architects: Li Xinggang, Qiu Jianbing, Yi Lingjie, Sun Peng, Zhang Yuting, Zhao Xiaoyu
Project location: Zhenglanqi, Inner Mongolia
Completion Year: 2012
Gross Built Area (square meters): 410 ㎡
Photo credits: Zhang Guangyuan, Li Zhe, Zhao Xiaoyu
Structure: Gao Yinying
Engineering: Zhen Yi, Song Xiaochun, Li Chaoying, Liu Hai, Yu Xiaodong
Awards: 2016, WAACA WA Achievement Award (Shortlisted)