CloudLand Tourism Service Center / ATELIER XI

CloudLand Tourism Service Center / ATELIER XI

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    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography, Cityscape
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Text description provided by the architects. CloudLand Tourism Service Center is located in Cloud Garden, a community park in Nanshan Science and Technology District, Shenzhen. Adjacent to the surrounding high-rise office buildings, CloudLand extends horizontally into a linear set of open spaces that provide various recreational services to visitors and residents. Initially, the architect was asked to design a visitor pavilion based on the park’s new landscaping. Due to the tight schedule of the project, the steel frame was used to shorten the construction procedure on site. As a result, the project was opened to the public eight months after the initial order.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography
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    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography, Brick, Facade, Arch, Garden
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The architectural design concept echoes the “cloud” theme in this technologically innovative community park, and it also responds to existing arc geometries in landscape design. The architect proposed using a continuous cloud-like roof to connect the book cafe, public restrooms, outdoor seating and gardens which are all scattered along the circular jogging route. Not only does CloudLand provide visitors with indoor and outdoor resting spaces sheltered from the sun and rain, but it also frames the sky, trees, clouds, and cityscape with its elegantly curved eaves.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior Photography, Facade, Garden
© Chao Zhang
    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography
© Chao Zhang

With light and shadows, the arched roof forms concave and convex silhouettes on different facades and floors. These shadow forms continually change their properties and configurations throughout the day, composing a visually polyphonic landscape of an ever-changing landscape. Looking down from the adjacent high-rise buildings, the pavilion manifests as a light cloud floating in the shade of trees and flowers, thus simultaneously initiating a dialogue between architecture and nature.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography, Facade
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    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior Photography, Garden
© Chao Zhang

The interior of CloudLand is made up of a book cafe and a restroom. Furnished with a warm texture of wood veneer, the cafe serves as a space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding landscape to provide a warm ambience conducive to relaxation. The interior and exterior ceilings are composed of aluminum panels of the same color and integrated lighting to form a continuous spatial experience from the interior to the exterior. Additionally, the architect specially customized the dining table, door handles, and other cloud-inspired details to resonate with the theme at all scales.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior Photography, Table, Chair
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    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior photography, table, chair, windows
© Chao Zhang

The restroom interior offers visitors bright light and color, smooth materials, and a view of the gardens. The exterior walls of the toilets are made of whitewashed stone, while the interior walls and floors are of light gray terrazzo, which add a touch of natural texture to the well-appointed toilets.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Chair, Counter, Windows
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    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Interior Photography, Kitchen
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In the outdoor garden, the architect customized the undulating outdoor seating and planting, which proved to be a favorite spot for family visitors. Following the completion of CloudLand, the Book Cafe has become a go-to spot in the local community for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, while the outdoor porch continues to provide shelter for spontaneous public events. As the pavilion is well received in the neighborhood, more and more collective activities take place around the building, such as artistic sketching sessions and baking workshops, etc.

    CloudLand Tourist Service Center / ATELIER XI - Outdoor Photography, Cityscape
© Chao Zhang

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