Lights, skyscrapers, economy.
Contemporary China is a great nation, meeting the inescapable standards of modernity: recognizable in every place, identical to themselves in every context.
Yet rural areas breathe a completely different narrative. In the endless countryside, beyond the suburbs of the immense urban centers, a China with an ancient flavor and mysterious charm still endures.
It is the China of pagoda roofs, ancient mountains cloaked in veils of steam, colorful silks, the Great Wall, heroes and dragons. It is the China that we all have discovered and loved at various times in our lives.
It is that China that today many individuals are rediscovering and valuing – due to the now tired waves of globalization–to preserve for the world spaces of peace, beauty and harmony that in this nation - more than in others – appear with special emphasis and romanticism.
Among the terraces of Shandong, next to its forests and waterways, Shandong Weihao Garden wishes to give rise to a museum hub to celebrate the local culture and artistic expression. This place will be integrated into a still unspoiled nature, reflecting contemporaneity by blending into the landscape to convey that ancient and lasting charm of a meditative, cultured and wise China millennia before any other Western civilization.
This is an invitation to architects from around the world to set a jewel of contemporary architecture in the heart of traditional China, and thus give the world an epicenter of culture and beauty in the birthplace of Confucius. It will also be a driving force for local development, projecting the visitor into the ascetic, time-suspended culture of inner peace the world attributes to China, and which the world desperately needs.
YAC thanks all the architects who will take up this challenge.
Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed by professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.
- Gong Dong
- Xiaodi Zhu
- Giuseppe Zampieri
David Chipperfield Architects Milano
- Andrea D’Antrassi
- Alessia Salerno
- Emanuele Montibeller
Founder Arte Sella
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