An Experiment of Archetype

The Wood Pavilion #1 is a spatial experiment that is located near a river in the tourist area of Jiangxin Island in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. For the design, LIN Architecture overlooked the consideration of functional elements and began by looking for keywords that defined spatial aspects in the environment.


After analysing the site, LIN Architecture’s design focused on three keywords; ergonomics, proxemics and behaviour. The scale of human behaviour is one of the key elements of this project; research on the behaviour of different people was an excellent design resource for the architects. LIN Architecture believes that, by observing and understanding people’s demeanours, designers can discover all kinds of possibilities of space.

Proxemics is a concept developed by Columbian University Anthropologist Edward T Hall in his book, Hidden Scales. Applying the same hypothesis to this project, LIN Architecture has deepened and extended the idea, applying it to the category of physical space, highlighting how intimate space, private space, social space and public space are defined and designed at different scales.

The conduct of various elements in the natural environment was studied and explored. For example, the breeze, sunshine, the sound of waves, drizzle, sweet osmanthus fragrance – affecting feelings, perceptions, touch, hearing and visual elements – all played a vital role in this design.

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