This park gateway in China literally blends into the surrounding bamboo forest. Acting as the entry point to what is known as the Bamboo Sea, the gateway features a permeable facade made almost entirely of the perennial evergreen plant. West-line studio architects designed the structure as a dense assembly of vertical lines that interact with the area's unique weather conditions.
The park gateway is located in Zhuhai National Park in Guizhou province, South-West China. Hidden among the Bamboo Sea, the gate plays with the elements to create an iconic park entrance. Its support system is made of concrete and bamboo hung from the glass roof that protects the bamboo from rain.
In order to mitigate the effects of high humidity and temperature fluctuations on the material, the architects steam-treated the bamboo to take out its natural oil and prevent decay. The team has also built a water pond directly under the gate to facilitate the creation of fog which envelops the structure, giving it an otherworldly appearance.
Photos by Jingsong Xie, Martina Muratori, Haobo Wei