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Earth, water, light and air: Shanshui Firewood Garden brings it all together beautifully in a 1,100-square-metre tearoom in Sichuan. Designed by MIX Architecture, the building comprises four rectangular huts, which pinwheel around a central pond. The exterior cladding — red sandstone in a brickweave pattern — evokes local vernacular design, and the interior amenities, like the café and reading room, offer framed views onto a nearby bamboo forest. The central pond is surrounded by what the architects call “hollow walls”: rows upon rows of mottled firewood, suspended from the eaves by cables, which sway in the breeze and cast shadows onto the still water.

Team: Suning Zhou with Ke Yang, Qian Shi, Ziye Wu, Tao Tang and Libin Lin

Award of Merit: Buildings Over 1,000SqM
Shanshui Firewood Garden

Earth, water, light and air: Shanshui Firewood Garden brings it all together beautifully in a 1,100-square-metre tearoom in Sichuan.

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