This post is architectural... So basically just photos of a certain building complex in Yangshuo.
This project by Standardarchitecture architects that was finished in May of 2005 left me a bit dissapointed. It is located in the centre of Yangshuo, on the west bank of the river Jiang. The building complex was easy to find, cause it really stands out in a good way. From what I knew from the photos and the year of completion of the project, I expected it to be partially under cover, hidden under some basic layer of neon and ever present advertisements that nowadays come in all the shapes and sizes in China. What a surprise: the buildings are practically empty (therefore easily recognisable)! Nothing big inside besides one restaurant in the ground floor and maybe some other smal occupated places. I was free to discover it without anyone minding my presence, having access to all the parts of the building. A sad feeling about it, cause in just few years this good architecture is already showing traces of poor materials being used for many details of the building. Before the place will be sold to any good occupant, they will have to renew
side buildings spacesBoth side buildings are divided into workshop units that allow also a simple dwelling for a shop worker. It's still a very common thing that some people practically live where they work, so you can't be surprised if they sleep right there...in the shop itself!