Located in a mountainous central region, Jishou is one of China’s few universities for minority cultures. This new complex is focused on the arts, with a museum housing the work and collection of an eminent local artist. Based on a belief in cultural diversity, the project refers to the small increments, rich roof-scapes and intimate urban spaces of the local hillside architecture: although the site had previously been levelled, a skirt of low-rise buildings steps up to a high-rise to reconstruct the original topography. By respecting the indigenous culture, the project aims to connect past and present in an architecture that is both contemporary and local.
Research Building & Huang Yong Yu Museum Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.