Somewhere Else

Academic, individual, 2018
Instuctor: Yiwa Shen

Reworked in 2020, tutor:Elliott Chieh

Wuhan has a population of 11 million and an area of over 8,000 square kilometers (2,000,000 Acres), making it a super-large city in terms of both area and population. At the same time, Wuhan is known for having the highest number of college students in China, with 1.68 million. In addition, as a major city in central China, Wuhan has attracted many migrant workers. In such a crowded city, the 33.7 square kilometers (8,000 Acres) of East Lake have become a lovely place for a break.

The location of this pavilion is on a small and slight slope by East Lake. I wish to do nothing more than provide a facility encouraging people to get closer to nature. Visitors pass by, linger, smell the fresh grass, bend over to scoop up some water, and sit quietly under the shade of the trees for a while. It would be a shelter, and it warmly embraces everyone.

When life is difficult, people always have a beautiful longing for somewhere else: maybe somewhere else is better. And I hope this pavilion could be that ideal elsewhere.