In China, all modern cities are alike; they have no character, they have no history and many people live in exactly the same type of houses. So Wutopia Lab I wanted to build something that would stand out: a place where people from the neighborhood or even from different parts of Huzhou could go. And thus, it ended up becoming Yu Ting’s personal manifesto.
Since the center itself could not be changed, the architects decided to build the White Upland in a close environment, leaving the dull gray building intact for contrast. The snow-white space seems to immerse visitors in a dream of reality, because that is where you can hide from it and forget about problems.
Additionally, the customer wanted this “garden” to demonstrate factory-experienced technologies, so Yu Ting built an entire forest of steel, using 529 six-meter columns and 108 of different sizes. Inspired by René Magritte’s paintings, the architect designed abstract landscapes: caves, hills, streams, rocks, plateaus and waterfalls. He also used means to simulate different weather conditions: fog, cloudy or starry sky …
In the territory of White Upland, visitors will see a carousel with horses; element that you can often find in studio projects and symbolizes “the innocence of an adult childThere are also swings, colorful pavilions with stars, as well as an indoor theater for concerts and even a carbon fiber temple. Perhaps it is something like being one day in the world of Alice in Wonderland, which was suddenly reduced to a tiny size and is now under huge steel clovers. In short, this space is much more than an architectural form. It is a place full of metaphors and symbolic meanings.
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