Shui Cultural Center

Haobo Wei & Jingsong Xie

Architecture, Building and Structure Design Shui Cultural Center by Haobo Wei & Jingsong Xie Located in China in Southern Guizhou Province, Shui Cultural Center is a gateway to Sandu County, the land of the Shui ethnic minority. West-line studio’s goal with this building was to turn the Shui’s ritual elements and atmosphere into a public space. A thin bronze skin creates a contrast with the heavy concrete structure, breaking the sunlight to create a dramatic effect once inside. After visitors pass the open water square the Cultural Center presents a succession of three spaces, strongly characterized by pitched roofs, which evoke the Shui’s mountain pictogram.


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