Erdaobai River Town is not only the gateway to the northern slope of Changbai Mountain, but also the frontier where urban development confronts nature.
Origin Architect seeks to explore the method to achieve symbiotic harmony between nature and human activities, and possibilities for border between nature and cities.
In awe of nature, after reflecting on the common practice in urban construction in Erdaobai River Town, Origin Architect proposed a reverse goal at first: to restore the urban construction land to natural forest.
The design team removed construction waste, restored landforms and rainwater channels according to the vein, dredged choked rivers and cultivated vegetation to encourage ecological redevelopment of this area, so that the separated waste land could be embraced by nature again, and the valley forest could break down the barriers and extend to citywards.
Grow in the Forest
Buildings are like collectors on the slopes, taking in light and view. Despite partial contact with the land, each building softly floats above the surface of earth or rivers, minimizing their interference with the land. They just carefully avoid every primeval tree and grow freely towards the sun and landscapes. Every stick-out window is a tranquil corner for man to feel nature by himself. Space under the buildings are free for passing through of light, wind, rainwater, and small wild animals .
Buildings combines modern technology and material advantage with local technology and primitive materials. Local volcanic rocks integrate buildings into geologic ages that go beyond the time.