Lin Architecture has created a structure that puts humanity, social life and interaction at the core. Bamboo Pavilion is a beautiful outdoor structure that invites people to socialize. Located on the beautiful island of Chongming, the pavilion started as a social experiment. Through this project, the designers sought to prove that a beautiful structure can promote socialization.

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An abstract-shaped bamboo pavilion lit up in the evening.

Bamboo Pavilion’s main goal was to activate rural field public spaces. The project attracted designers and students from far and wide in an attempt to build something that would attract people and look magnificent while remaining sustainable. Bamboo is one of the strongest construction materials, and the natural material doesn’t contaminate the local environment.

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An abstract-shaped bamboo pavilion.

The pavilion stands out in both size and design. It is attractive both day and night. During the day, the white bamboo structure can be seen from a distance thanks to its reflective nature. At night, the structure shines with glowing lights to make it the center of attention for the entire island.

An abstract-shaped bamboo pavilion lit up in the evening.

The designers explained, “The activation of rural field public space has always been an important part of rural construction projects.” In other words, the project helps activate public space and allows people to meet and interact. “Interactions between family members or strangers are realized by the space enticing people to break boundaries. People spend their time resting, talking, and transiting around this installation,” LIN architecture said in a press statement.

An abstract-shaped bamboo pavilion.

As a busy destination, Chongming sees hundreds of tourists each weekend. Visitors come from Shanghai and surrounding cities to enjoy the rural life. Bamboo Pavilion provides a common area where travelers can connect and share personal experiences.

An abstract-shaped bamboo pavilion lit up in the evening.

This project was carried out by a team of designers and students representing Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of London. Some of the participants’ previous works have been featured in the 2020 Beijing International Design Week, 2018 Milan Design Week Oriental Exhibition, 2018 Venice Biennale, and 2019 Barcelona Design Week.

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Images via Sunkai LIU and Lin Architecture