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Daydreams during dinner studio
In early 2023, Xiangshan, one of the host cities of the 19th Asian Games, launched ‘Youth and the Sea’, a program inviting architects to build a station by the Chinese coast. The Daydream Trail is one of seven stations along the Songlanshan coast, located adjacent to the Ningbo Xiangshan Sailing Centre. This seawater tidal observatory point is connected to the shore via a trestle. To add depth to the space and to revitalize it, the studio filled the bridge with a series of ethereal resting spots. pavilion Framing scenic sea views. ‘The image of the ‘sea’, as soon as it appears, seems to evoke a distant and unreachable hazy feeling like in poetry. In Western literature the sea is a symbol of freedom and hope, while in traditional Chinese poems it represents beautiful views and lofty goals. Under the sea mist, the coastline, the sporadic masses of vegetation and the trestle, the stage for the dream is set.‘ writes lead architect Xi Weidong.
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A white pavilion with a poetic color, like that of the moon
During the night in Xiangshan’s solitude, the Daydream Trail Station by During The Dinner Studio reflects the moon on the water and creates a poetic ambiance. To create this effect, the team coated the yellow building and the trestle with a cement gray color before covering them in a translucent white mesh membrane. This created a dreamlike house with a pointed rooftop. The white design is complemented by carefully planted vines along the trestle, different lighting modes and ambient sounds. This adds another layer of temporariness to the station. Climbing the steps from the spire’s entrance, one can take a walk through the tunnel in the small seafront house located between sturdy columns, where light and shadow play. In line with the envisioned dreamland, the pavilion’s design forms a corridor that blends well with the site, elevation, and the tall trees in the vicinity.
Daydream Trail by the Dinner Studio
Use sheer white mesh to create a etheral structure
Reviving tresle Bridge with a resting Pavilion and temporary Passageway
The framework is coated in grey concrete