ELEMENTS

UniversitySavannah College of Art and Design
Lead Designer
ClientMatthew Yam
Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / New Commercial Building
Entry Description

This project was inspired by the 5 elements in Chinese
philosophy which states that everything, including
positive chi, is made up of some combination of Wood,
Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal. This Community Center
will create a space for the people of China to be able
to gather together in support of each other,
attempting to become like the 5 elements: essential
components which thrive when together. This
environmental friendly building demonstrates the way
I envision contemporary architecture existing
harmoniously within its environment. I want people to
experience the community center as having a
harmonious relationship between building and nature
rather than as an object standing detached from its
environment. Just as in the Chinese philosophy, the 5
elements are used in combination as various building
materials throughout the project: water (zhu garden),
wood (bamboo facade), metal (man-made materials),
fire (nature light), and earth (landscape design).