Hidden in Terraces: Qingxi Culture and History Museum by UAD Bureau

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UAD China Designed a Heritage Center Building that blends into the local mountainous landscape

Hidden in the Terraces: Qingxi Culture and History Museum by UAD Bureau

In the city of Sanzhou, China's Zhejiang province, local authorities have decided to build a building that combines a tourist center and a space for exploring local history and culture. They chose a place outside the city, in the mountains – only a quiet country road passes by. Due to the large natural elevation difference, the UAD architects placed the levels of the museum on terraces that rise up the slope and offer beautiful views of the surrounding fields and mountains.

Hidden in the Terraces: Qingxi Culture and History Museum by UAD Bureau

Respect for nature and incorporation into the surrounding landscape – these principles were the main ones for architects when planning the building. The space of the museum is adapted to the terrain, and its silhouette is similar to the surrounding fields, merging with the mountains and nature around. The roofs of the various levels of the building are planted with local crops – just like the farms next door.

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For the construction, the architects chose local materials, including stones from the nearby terraced fields. Rising in tiers, the building seems to grow into the landscape with dense walls and green roofs with local herbs.Hidden in the Terraces: Qingxi Culture and History Museum by UAD BureauHidden in the terraces: Qingxi Culture and History Museum from UAD Bureau

The interiors of the museum are reminiscent of traditional rural houses in this area – with dark ceilings and stone walls, plastered with white diatom mud in places.

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