Bamboo Bamboo Canopy

Best Implemented Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The Impression Sanjie Liu, Yangshuo, Guilin is located in one of the most dramatic landscapes in China. Endless greenery surrounds the site filling space between large karst towers of rock. With a landscape so grand any moves to dismiss or compete would make little sense. With this understanding it was decided that the natural elements themselves would form the premise for what architecture would inhabit the site, especially one element in particular: bamboo.
The Impression Sanjie Liu is already well established, now in its 15th year of operation. The project presented a situation where most existing structures would remain untouched. At present, large clusters of bamboo cover most of the site, creating structures of mingling pipes and leaves. As a means to coincide with what is already there, the new architecture looked at borrowing the materiality of the bamboo, reconfiguring it to form a new space that augments, albeit very gently, the surrounding bamboo groves and hills.

Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Project implementation year

Additional information

Applicant and authors of the project
LLLab. is a design studio based in Shanghai, Porto, Toronto and Stuttgart operating within the fields of architecture, design, art, urbanism, research and development. The studio is led by four partners Hanxiao Liu, Luís Ricardo, David Correa and Taichi Kuma. Their work focuses on using design as a tool to improve social and cultural life through various scales, from urban projects to micro-architecture or installations.

Other participants
Client: Impression Sanjie Liu
Project general contractor: gcps interior decoration finishing ltd.,
Project management team: lihua mi, dalin chai, hao zhang, guoyang wan
Structural design: lalu partners structure consulting
Structural research management: Shanghai Tan Tan Props LTD.
Research team: qimin cui, geng meng
Bamboo lantern, Bamboo weaving and Structure installation:
Shanghai JD Bamboo Architectural Design & Engineering Ltd.
Photography: arch-exist photography