Dragon Mountain Pavillion by Aurelien Chen | ITSLIQUID

Dragon Mountain Pavillion by Aurelien Chen

Architecture | March 3, 2021 |

Chen 009
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen

Dragon Mountain Pavillion by Aurelien Chen
Completed in 2019

Aurelien Chen is a French architect, building engineer, and architectural photographer with 20 years of international experience on small and large scale projects. He joined Cui Kai Studio in Beijing (CADG) for ten years, where he specialized in cultural and renovation projects. He now develops his own design practice, and is also partner at Zhijian Workshop, a multidisciplinary design studio whose work blurs the boundaries between the various disciplines: architecture, design, art, photography, scenography etc. This multidisciplinary approach of architecture gives him the opportunity to work on various topics and types of projects, each new project being a singular experience. His work has recently been honored at Best of Year Awards 2020.

Above all else, this installation is a landmark placed by the roadside to draw the attention to the entrance of the Dragon Mountain Natural Site (Zhulong Shan), a typical example of Shanshui traditional Chinese landscape composed by mountains, forest, clouds and water.

Chen 003
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen

There are three different sequences of approach and just as many levels of perception in this installation. While approaching the site from the street, a vibrant mountain composed by 200 inox poles subtly appears in the distance. With speed, the poles become a single surface and the effects created by the different materials composing the poles reveal the shape of a new mountain.

Chen 004
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen

While the visitor moves closer, he discovers a miniature landscape in which he can move and stroll. The poles become a forest; a black marble river invites the visitor to walk towards the real mountain standing out against the horizon. The canopies placed above the visitor’s head to represent clouds, turn out to be mirrors. In this peaceful setting, urban life goes on reflecting itself on the mirror canopies and on the surface of the poles.

Chen 005
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen

The perforations on the mirror panels create an interplay of light and shadow marking the passing of time.

The images of cars passing by are reflected over the poles, they disappear behind the poles and reappear between the gaps. Inside the installation there is an opposite, slow temporality. To speed, to the pragmatism of fast movement, is counterposed a poetic experience, a temporal and spatial pause. It is a space in between the hectic and trafficked road and the majestic, still natural landscape of the mountain. A moment of calm and reflection on the elements composing Chinese traditional landscape.

At night, thousands of stars appear on the poles, perforated randomly, and give shape to a mountain vibrant with light.

more. www.aurelien-chen.com

Chen 007
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen
Chen 008
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen
Chen 002
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen
Chen 006
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen
Chen 010
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen
Chen 001
Image Courtesy of Aurelien Chen

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    Rimadesio: New Opening in Geneva

    Architecture | July 20, 2024

    Rimadesio is proud to inaugurate its single-brand shop in Geneva, in the heart of the prestigious Champel-Malagnou neighbourhood. A cosmopolitan crossroads, the city attracts a sophisticated clientele who love style and elegance, perfectly in line with Rimadesio's vision. Read more


    MOULON SCHOOL GROUP

    Architecture | July 1, 2024

    The group of schools is generously porous to the west, while the buildings on the other three sides create a protective envelope around the playgrounds. The different entrances (nursery school, primary school, leisure area) are all positioned on Moulon's pedestrian route and, as a result the group of schools establishes a close relationship with the public space. Read more


    SLUIS

    Architecture | June 14, 2024

    Located between the dense city and the vast landscapes on the edge of Amsterdam, the new Sluishuis is shaped by its complex surroundings at once close to large infrastructure and to small-scale urban settlements. Read more


    FLOATING GLASS MUSEUM

    Architecture | June 10, 2024

    Architecture firm Luca Curci Architects presents Floating Glass Museum, a groundbreaking project where the boundaries between art and nature blur and the water becomes a canvas for contemporary expression. The project has been conceived in collaboration with Giulia Tassi Design and an international team of architects and designers with the support of artificial intelligence. Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!