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unarchitecte: Lying in mountains with a lake by side, the School Affiliated to Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute in Guangdong province is surrounded by the forest. Hundreds of evergreen trees flourish in one of the valleys. The school authorities expect this valley to be available for outdoor activities, which enables students can get close to nature and enjoy happy physical education.
A forest can become a place for children to return to nature, to explore and to think, to sweat and to sit still alone. In the nature, they can forget themselves and can also search for their inner selves.
除了枯树，我们没有砍伐一棵树木，而是用数百张大小不同的白色三角形爬网，将山谷里所有的树木连接在一起，形成绵延拓扑的折面。攀爬网表面的每片三角形绳网都通过钢丝绳作为主索来固定三边。 为了不影响树木的生长，钢索通过枕木与树干连接，且在树木间隙较大或缺少足够强壮的树干的地方设立柱体作为补充的支撑点。攀爬网和森林形成了伴生的关系，使整片森林在某种意义上形成了一个整体，并 在水平层面形成一层拓扑状的保护网。在为期近一年的施工过程中历经多次台风，没有任何树木倒下，围绕着森林编织的绳网有机的成为了森林的一部分。
So we built a climbing system, we connect all the trees in the valley with hundreds of diverse white triangle nets to constitute a combination of various topological folding surfaces like a “white sea” for children to swim carefree. Hanging baskets located in high or low levels are called “wormholes” by students. These cages are linked to each other in several round yards at the bot tom of the valley. A slender ladder slides straight down from the top of one side of the valley to the swings on sand above which an octagonal glass maze stands on a suspended square; next to the sand dune is the trampoline platform.
远眺这片白色的攀爬网，如同森林中跌宕起伏的白色海平面，任凭孩子们自在的浮游。两组巨大的螺旋上升的管状爬网及半球状的空中网台，犹如剔透的水母将孩子们托含在体内，高高的漂浮在“海面”之上。 分布在各处的高低错落、层层叠叠的吊笼被孩子亲切的称之为虫洞，它们通过谷底的几个圆形院子相互连 接。狭长的滑梯从谷顶的一侧直下，进入承载着八角玻璃迷宫的方形空中活动平台的下方，那里有秋千和起伏的沙地，由此还可通往蹦床平台。整个网绳体系在地面及空中网体上设有多处出口，方便出入，同时通过院落和甬道界定了谷底地面上的活动范围，便于管理，并确保孩子们的安全。
What’s more, two huge spiral tubes and hemispherical tents embrace students inside of them, floating among the crowns of trees as crystal jellyfishes drifting on the sea. Except those already withered, no tree was felled due to the construction. Triangular nets were weaved carefully around trees, fixed by wires that were fastened on sleepers to protect the plants. Extra pillars were placed where there was no tree strong enough to link. It took one year to construct the system, combining the network with trees into an organic whole. Then all trees in the valley managed to get over gusts of typhoons. It is convenient to get in and out through multiple exits set on the ground and in the aerial structure. In addition the scope of activities is defined by yards and corridors on the ground, which is easy to administrate and to ensure the safety of students.
Using polyester net to construct the space determined the dynamic feature of its formation. Trees didn’t have definite positions or diameters so that salient errors turned up when construction was carried out as planned. We and the construction company then had to adjust to every plants’ actual position. Hence the plan evolved from initial graph, and model to practice after a series of improvement. Besides, to protect the forest, we have to avoid using heavy machinery.
Getting rid of specific beginnings and ends, this system can spread and grow with the forest. Design is more than drawing up a plan. It also involves reshaping in construction and redefining in use, during which architects weave and climb to explore in concepts. The network has started growing since it came into being and extends. Therefore, this climbing park will present no final form. It will grow with the forest and children alike.
Children would climb or stop at their own will, having their breath in step with the whole forest. Leaving everything behind, they may rest anywhere in the forest. It’s an opportunity to fit into nature in different height, when they help squirrels build nests, sing with birds, lie in the sunshine, and get to know each other while playing. Unconsciously, they would grow up physically strong and mentally positive.
This cute valley is a paradise for adults as well. Many parents who came with their children from surrounding cities have also retrieved their own joy of childhood. So they have one more place to communicate with nature in Luofu Mountain. Here, everyone is a child.
主材:涤纶绳网 ( 附注:这也许是世界上最大的专属于一个学校的涤纶绳网攀爬体系之一。)
Project Name: Climbing Park of Luofu Mountain
Architect in charge: Zhang Hetian
Design Team: Zhang Hetian, Cai Feiyong, Zheng Zhihua, Sun Qingfeng, Sun Jihua, Wang Enzi
Completion Year: 2018
Area: 5000 sqm
Address: the School Affiliated to Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute , Boluo County,
Huizhou City, Canton Province, China
Photographer: Zhang Hetian
Text: Wang Zhilei(Peking University Graduate Center of Architecture)
Development company: the School Affiliated to Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute
Construction company: Beijing Changchenghuayao Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
Materials: polyester net (NB: Maybe it is one of the biggest polyester-net climbing parks, specially built for school, in the world.)