By now everyone knows about the Wuhan city of China. It’s the city from where Covid virus originated and brought the entire world to a standstill. But it doesn’t mean that Wuhan is an ill-maintained city with full of disease prone areas. As a city it has many architectural marvels. This pavilion is an example. Do you know what inspired the design of this pavilion?
The pavilion, perched on a hilltop overlooking the reserve, is developed by Tai Kang Group, one of the largest private Chinese insurance companies, as a meeting place between the burial site and reserve. The name, Crane Pavilion, itself suggests the design inspiration. “Across Asia, the red-crowned crane has long been associated with longevity, immortality, and spiritual transcendence. To help China’s Tai Kang Group bring a legend to life, we started with the simple form of a paper origami crane,” say the GBBN Architects while explaining why they opted for this design.
The 400-sq.m Crane Pavilion, a continuous folded plate, reminiscent of the simple folded form of a paper origami crane, is created to integrate public parking, a reception/café space, an open platform, crane living spaces, caretaker dorms, public bathrooms, and storage rooms in various elevation levels.
Delicate creases are articulated in the cast-in-place white concrete. A hand-polished exterior protective finish was also applied. “By connecting with nature in this tranquil setting, the light-filled spaces and expressive architecture create an atmosphere of respect for the deceased, and allow those who mourn them to find inner peace, strength, and comfort.” An opening in the folds give the small, intimate space an expansive view of surrounding wetlands and a place to watch cranes take flight during funeral ceremonies. A spiral stair in the café leads to a meditation platform beneath a skylight, reinforcing the sense of flight in a tranquil setting.
The project is Architizer A+Awards and Plan Awards finalist and AIA Cincinnati Architecture Merit Award winner.