Village Center in Sanhe / Wall Architects of XAUAT


Texture, Volume and depth. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Texture, Volume and depth. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

Architects: Wall Architects of XAUAT
Location: Sanhe, Fuping, Shanxi, China
Lead Architects: Rui Wu, Shaochong Li, Maozhen Wang
Design Team: Chuang Liu,Xuan Li, Wanjing Zhao, Jinlong Hong
Area: 790.0 m2
Project Year: 2018
Photographs: TrimontImage – Dong Wang

Structural Engineer: Xinge Wang
Mep Engineer: Rui Hu, Xue Cheng
Design Consultant: Xiaojun Shi, Xinghui Li
Technical Consultant: Li Gao
Client: Sanhe village committee


The exterior view at night. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

The exterior view at night. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

Text description provided by the architects. The project is situated in Sanhe Village, Fuping County, Shaanxi Province, China. This historical village is rich in resources. It is a typical representative of “Guan Zhong” villages and contains a spiritual characteristic reminiscent of the traditional homes of the Shaanxi people. Today, as the spiritual pursuit and cultural heritage become more and more important, the village carries an increasingly important responsibility.


© TrimontImage - Dong Wang

© TrimontImage – Dong Wang


The entrance of happiness courtyard. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

The entrance of happiness courtyard. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

The completion of this project is also aimed at reviving the cultural and spititual connection in rural architecture through a good design. This project will satisfy the rural residents’ fundamental materialistic and spiritual needs, and at the same time improve the construction of rural public infrastructure.


Flowing interior space. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Flowing interior space. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang


design sketch (horizontality and verticality of courtyard)

design sketch (horizontality and verticality of courtyard)


Flowing interior space. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Flowing interior space. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

From the perspective of public services, this project has become a veritable“village complex”which includes homes for the elderly, rural health center, village history showroom, village information service station, rural industry showroom, cultural activity center,reading and studying room, spiritual and cultural center, the village grand stage, and outdoor stadium, which aim to improve the rural lifestyle and satisfy the spiritual and cultural needs of the rural residents.


Rural exhibition space. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Rural exhibition space. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

From the perspective of architectural design, the project explores the possibilities of rural architecture in a pure way. There are three important aspects: first, the reacquaintance of the local environment ; second, the redefinition of traditional space and modern rural life; and third, the usage and display of rural regional raw materials in contemporary construction.


Corridor bridge, courtyard and volume. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Corridor bridge, courtyard and volume. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang


Steps, children and light. Image © TrimontImage - Dong Wang

Steps, children and light. Image © TrimontImage – Dong Wang

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