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Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design
Standing on a concrete foundation, the minimalist stone building is covered with aga clay – a waterproofing and heat insulation material commonly used in Tibetan vernacular architecture. It is also useful for forming gutters that ensure the turf-covered roof is well drained. Standard Architecture’s unique geometric design pays respect to the surrounding landscape of mountains, rivers, and canyons at the same time that its four entrances are wrapped around a more immediate central courtyard. And finally, out of deference to the amazing Potala Palace in Lhasa, the designers chose a bright white paint for the exterior, giving this humble space a rustic but contemporary finish.
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