The Panda Pavilions

The Panda Pavilions, EID Architecture

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the world’s leading research institute on panda preservation, is embarking on a significant campus expansion in a national forest park near outskirts of Chengdu. Designed by Ping Jiang at EID Architecture, a 12,000+ Sq m, group of four panda pavilions has been approved by the city park district administration to become the research lab to house and study the pandas’ behaviors and activities. It also serves the community for educational and recreational purposes, while attracting millions of panda lovers annually to visit the campus. The design of the panda pavilions is a convergence of landscape, architecture, and land art. While the project provides a pedestrian friendly navigation experience for visitors, it prioritizes an animal-friendly environment to minimize the alienation of ecology. Inspired by the natural landscape of Chengdu’s prairies, these panda pavilions take form in the primitive geometry of a circle. Nestling in the wilderness, these panda houses embrace their natural surroundings, integrating themselves with the topography of the national park. The panda pavilions are designed to create an immersive experience of exploration and discovery for the visitors. Also, the pavilions provide interactive exhibition and education spaces designated for panda research and preservation. The pavilion facades feature pressure-treated cedar wood panels and cast-in-place concrete walls. These buildings are equipped with water nozzles around the pavilions to create a fine mist for panda friendly temperature and humidity. The project is currently under construction, and scheduled to be completed before the summer of 2021.