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Yada Theatre // GOA

Project Status: Under ConstructionSize: 5000 sqft – 10,000 sqft

Text description provided by the architects.

Yangxian Xishan was born at a time when the construction of small town was turning from feverish pursuit of profits to rational development. It is a well-planned field experiment by developers and architects in the contemporary context of urbanization, and also the first town development project that is expected to realize “opening in the whole region and self-operation”.



Yada Theater is a cultural building in the town for residents and visitors.

Different from many buildings for performing arts in cities, Yada Theater located among green hills and tea fields is a true “theater in nature”. Based on the advantaged natural conditions, the design of Yada Theater, instead of adopting the “closed box” approach, interprets a unique experience blending art with nature for visitors from the perspective of “openness”.



The design draws on the cultural allusions of the literati collection in the Song Dynasty to create a contemporary cultural landmark located in nature. After completion, the theater will serve as a venue not only for performing arts activities in the town, but also for residents’ cultural life.

The central courtyard is the core of the theater, interspersed with a series of grey spaces.



To interpret “local characteristics”, architects studied local building materials, and finally selected the grayish green ceramic panels produced in Yixing as exterior wall materials, creating a simple and elegant atmosphere. The 530-seat multifunctional auditorium can realize transition between open and picture-frame stages, meeting the needs of professional performances such as concerts and dramas and adapting to the scenes of other cultural events.



A floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall is used creatively in the stage background, which makes you feel as if you are sitting in a “Song-style couch” set in tea fields and water features.

As the project adopts integrated design, the design team, apart from the architectural, interior and landscape design, reviewed the integration effect of the illumination and curtain wall design as well as the special design of the auditorium, stage, lighting and acoustics, which is a new and meaningful attempt..



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Pretty Penny: 9 Ways Copper Details Elevate Architectural Design

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Apart from being well-known for its conductive properties in electrical wiring and industrial uses, copper is also famous for its health benefits (the mineral, after all, is found in all tissues of the human body). People across the world have also been using copper utensils to store water or serve food. And while copper is commonly used in its raw state, alloys like brass and bronze have also remained popular for centuries.

In design, copper has been used in a variety of ways ranging from small lighting fixtures and vases to entire building façades. The metal’s earthy tone and malleable nature make it a very handy material in a designer’s arsenal. In addition to different scales, it also works with a variety of design styles – from rustic restaurants to sleek contemporary apartments. The following projects illustrate a few ways in which designers have incorporated copper into their designs in diverse ways.

Hotel DAS TRIEST, PORTO Bar by BEHF Architects, Vienna, Austria

Industrial Accents

One of the easiest ways to incorporate metallic finishes is by using them as accents to highlight other materials, forms and furniture. The interior of the Hotel DAS TRIEST, PORTO Bar by BEHF Architects is a good example of this technique. The studio has used the versatile material in multiple ways in the design. In addition to the cladding on the entrance, the metal is used to create minimal shelves and gridded ceiling décor that defines and warms the space. The theme is reinforced by adding a copper finish to the travertine store bar. Wooden furniture lines the interior, echoing the warm tone of the striking copper accents.

Grotta Aeris by SOFTlab, Raleigh, North Carolina

Dramatic Entrance

From windows to mirrors to shiny stone walls, people are often tempted to glance at their reflections as they walk by glossy surfaces. Reflecting this human tendency, a copper-clad entryway is bound to be a crowd stopper. With their sculptural doorway in Raleigh, North Carolina, SOFTlab proves exactly this. The grand entrance is created by putting together copper-toned composite panels to resemble crystalline forms in nature. An organic rock-like mass is created by joining 70 flat-cut black aluminum pieces and then adding the copper panels on top using high-strength magnets. Taking this a step further, LEDs are placed in the seams to breathe life into the structure as they create reflections on the metal surfaces.

Sharp by Havel Ruck Projects, Houston, Texas

Juxtaposition With Black

The warm tones of copper often appear brighter when placed next to darker colors. Pairing it with hues like black or navy blue also tones down the reflectiveness of the metal, making it more usable. Havel Ruck Projects made a house-shaped cupric void in a home in Houston, Texas. As it moves along the length of the home, the void takes a 180-degree twist to form the shape of an inverted pitch roof house on the other end. The plywood walls of the void are coated with copper foil to capture and reflect sunlight inside. Here, the black façade of the house balances this illuminated core and creates a strong visual contrast.

Copper Reception by Mizzi Studio, London, United Kingdom

Statement Furniture

Copper can be used in more than just ceiling panels and lighting fixtures. Take for example this reception area in London, designed by Mizzi Studio. The stunning space features a statement desk covered entirely in copper. The malleability of the metal allows it to be bent into a curved cocoon that acts like a cubicle. The surface of the desk was left untreated to integrate it with the exposed finishes in the entire space.

Shenzhen Bay Gallery by Studio Link-Arc, LLC, Shenzhen, China

Façade Treatment

Although less common, architects are also incorporating copper in exterior surfaces. Highly malleable copper sheets can be curved, folded or perforated to create different volumes and forms. Shenzhen Bay Gallery by Studio Link-Arc, LLC features a dramatic metallic façade with several openings and patterns. The perforations in the façade help control the amount of light that enters the building while also creating interesting shadows that dapple and define the interior space.

NOXON by On Architects Inc., Ulsan, South Korea

Scorched Surfaces

Apart from use in their natural state, metal surfaces can also be treated in different ways to create interesting effects. For example, they can be painted or chemically treated to create a weathered appearance. This effect can be a step further, as in the case of NOXON by On Architects Inc. by scorching copper elements. These plates on the external walls were beaten by hand and then fire-treated to create unique patterns, keeping in mind that copper will oxidize with time and further enhance them. The aged appearance of the building is also a nod to the historic character of the surrounding neighborhood.

Potovoltaric Pavilion Potsdam by O&O Baukunst, Potsdam, Germany

Functional Finishes

Photovoltaic panels can be more than just an energy-generating element. O&O Baukunst created the Potovoltaric Pavilion Potsdam as an experimental design that incorporates such panels. The photovoltaic panels held in steel frames make up the elevations of the pavilion. The copper backs of these panels are visible inside, standing out against the pale floor and ceiling.

Experimentarium by CEBRA, Hellerup, Denmark

Grand Staircases

A central staircase often becomes a focal point in any space. But it attracts even more attention when it is covered in gleaming orange metal. The large helix staircase in CEBRA’s design Experimentarium fills the central void in the science center, connecting its four floors. The DNA strand-shaped copper staircase hints at the scientific nature of exhibits within the space both due to its form and material.

Copper Cube Haus by DIG Architects, Mumbai, India

Sleek Kitchens

Plain metallic surfaces can add a dash of glamour and complexity to minimal or monochrome interiors with little effort. As an added bonus, these details also reflect light, making a space look cozy or spacious. In Copper Cube Haus, DIG Architects created a central kitchen block and covered it entirely in copper. This box adds warmth to the space, as it intensifies the cozy effect created by warm-toned lights, and helps separate the living area from the other functional spaces. The theme is repeated in the bathroom by using copper accents in the black and white bathroom.

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Shenzhen Longhua District Science and Education Institute affiliated experimental school // CAPOL INTERNATIONAL & ASSOCIATES GROUP

Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 500,000 sqft – 1,000,000 sqft

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Shenzhen Longhua district Science and education institute affiliated school project is located in Longhua District, Shenzhen. The project area is 2,039.93 ㎡, with a total construction area of about 48,000 ㎡, a height of 24m, 5 floors above ground, and 1 underground floor. It is a nine-year school with 45 classes, offering about 2,100 degrees.

In terms of functional setting, the campus is centered on the resource center centrally arranged on the east side, connecting teaching areas, sports fields, and dormitory areas.



Different spaces are connected in series and interact with each other, thus breaking the traditional corridor-style cross-sectional spatial relationship. The teaching area adopts a single corridor layout, which is efficient and practical; other teaching auxiliary rooms adopt a more flexible layout, with free circulation and interesting experience. Dislocation between the platform and the room to create more public spaces.



The plan creates a complex and efficient campus space.

The resource center near the playground is designed into a form of stepping back,creating an interesting facade on the side of the sports field. According to the timeline of school users, the stepped area has analyzed and sorted out the story line of the resource center, forming a rich spatial form; the boundary layer changes, echoing each other, lush plants are planted on the edge of the platforms.



East facade creates the image of an ecological and green natural academy.

On the side of Meilong Road, main road of city, is the west facade, which is also the main image. Adopting the prefabricated architectural design, using simple and clean lattice language, several large holes are selectively “cut out” in the neat facade, which becomes the window to view the city, creating a colorful activity space for students.



It also solves the problem of rigid facade image caused by lattice structure..



Shenzhen Longhua District Science and Education Institute affiliated experimental school Gallery

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Meandering Mazes: 7 Labyrinthine Walkways To Explore

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Mazes have held significance in several cultures across history. Defined as a one-way path from one point to another, often in a space filled with numerous alternate paths that lead to dead ends, mazes can be traced back to Egypt in the 5th century B.C. Throughout different regions and their mythologies, they have been looked at as paths for reflection, adventure and/or fortification.

In current times, mazes are often used as public attractions or landscape elements. They have also been used in movies like Inception, The Shining and Labyrinth to create suspense and tension. There is something about a maze that inspires curiosity and a sense of adventure that can captivate visitors over and over again as one discovers new routes with every journey. The following collection explores how designers are adapting the traditional idea of a maze into different kinds of art installations and public interventions. In turn, these designs are changing how people interact with their environment and experience different spaces.

Images by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Vara Pavilion XV Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Venice, Italy

Unlike a traditional pavilion, the Chilean firm behind its design describes the Vara Pavilion as a series of exteriors within other exteriors. The intersection of spaces is achieved by interlocking ten cylindrical forms and placing openings at various spots in this network. As the user walks through the space, they are confronted by a series of narrow and large spaces that converge or open up based on the route they take. The radii of these curved forms are based on a vara, an obsolete unit of measurement that the pavilion is also named after.

Luminaria by Architects of Air

Luminaria is a traveling exhibit that has existed for the past two decades and has been showcased in 37 countries across the world. These inflatable structures draw inspiration from Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals, coming together as a series of plastic volumes in rainbow hues. The modular nature of this exhibit allows the studio to create a unique experience every single time; in each iteration, the 20 pods are zipped together on site in a different arrangement. In addition to adventurous walking paths, Luminaria also comprises about 30 pockets for people to sit back and relax.

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee Architecture, Seoul, South Korea

Much like the roots of a plant, this structure spreads out in a park in Seoul in a circular form with a diameter of about 98 feet. The organic form originates from a central point and continues branching out and multiplying. The arms dip and rise from the ground to create seating with different heights and configurations. The structure is made of wooden panels that are supported by a metal frame with a concrete base. Form and color combine to create an almost natural element that appears to emerge from the landscape.

The Maze of Bamboo Screens by Yunchao Xu/Atelier Apeiron, Jiangsu, China

The temporary installation was an attempt to reuse the bamboo, wood, steel and stones wasted during the construction of the China Garden Art EXPO 2021. A maze-like walkway is created using curved segments positioned in different orientations. The central circular form fans out to create an open space where visitors may sit and enjoy. The slim gaps in the walls of the maze allow users to visually connect with others who are also walking in different parts of the maze while also maintaining a sense of seclusion. The addition of bamboo plants within adds to the sense of serenity offered by the neutral cocoons.

Images by Miguel de Guzmán

Yǔzhòu by Brut Deluxe, Hainan, China

Part of the Luneng Sanya Bay Light and Art Festival, the immersive light-based installation looks like a futuristic maze. It is composed using dichroic film-coated acrylic glass in triangular forms to create a spectrum of colors as one walks through the labyrinth. These walls also feature circular grooves with color-shifting LEDs. Unlike the inner transparent walls, the peripheral surfaces are covered in a mirror film to turn it into an infinite room.

Elephant Museum by Bangkok Project Studio, Surin, Thailand

The Elephant Museum is a part of the local government’s Elephant World project to create a sustainable environment for the Kui community and their elephants. The structure is laid out in a grid-like manner where the walls curve upwards in height towards the center. Several paths lead to four exhibition areas and several courtyards of different sizes. Some of these courtyards even contain small pools or floors filled with reddish earth. The clay bricks used to construct the structure are also handmade using local techniques, creating more jobs for the community.

LABIBU by Labscape Architecture

LABIBU is a conceptual landscape design that acts as a visual maze. Trying to mimic the vibrations in the environment, the bamboo and grass arrangement creates an artificial topography. The red form is created using paranematic design methods. The bamboo pieces are lower in height at the beginning of the maze and keep increasing as one navigates it further, creating a dark cocoon.

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