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Dali designer Zhao Yang brings contemporary architecture to China and Japan


Colour is a crucial element of Tibetan visual culture. Stone walls in Niyang River Visitor Centre's inner space were painted with local mineral pigments. The transition of colours – blue and orange – highlights the geometric transitions of space. From morning to dusk, the sunshine changes its direction as it penetrates through the different openings. Hence visitors perceive the ever-changing colour play from different perspectives and at a different time as they saunter through the building.

Colour is a crucial element of Tibetan visual culture. Stone walls in Niyang River Visitor Centre's inner space were painted with local mineral pigments. The transition of colours – blue and orange – highlights the geometric transitions of space. From morning to dusk, the sunshine changes its direction as it penetrates through the different openings. Hence visitors perceive the ever-changing colour play from different perspectives and at a different time as they saunter through the building.

A Yunnan Province-based designer embodies the new generation of young Chinese architects who were educated in the West and are returning home to make a difference.

Like many of his ambitious and idealistic peers, Chinese architect Zhao Yang struck out on his own after graduating from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and working for a year for his graduate advisor. “I had no idea what kind of architecture I wanted to do. I just thought I was capable of doing anything,” Zhao says, chuckling. 

architect Zhao Yang , China , Datum , KL 2014

   

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