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“The ‘blossom-gate’ by the Vienna-based designhouse prechteck defines a landmark to the entrance of the largest Chinese myrtle garden in the City of Xingjian. Prechteck tries to reinvent the gate as an architectural typology underlining the connecting characteristics of a former dividing element. Formalistic Inspirations lay in the Chinese tradition of Calligraphy, the context and its topography and flower-blossoms as a theme for the garden.”

The function of a gate is to mark the entrance both as a geographic boundary and an iconic structure of the city it guards. The ‘blossom-gate’ blurs the boundary of interior and exterior by acting more as a gathering and observation point rather than a simple threshold. The structure serves as an entry to the flower park of Xingjian, a city famous for its nature, tradition and writers. Inspired by the shape of a flower, two intertwining blossoms define the gate, honoring the beautiful landscape of the area.

The use of bamboo, a rapidly renewable material, reflects the natural typology and allows for the fluid form and open ends. “As a brush fades out at the end of each stroke, the gate also is defined by this imperfect non-continuous line; connecting the building to its heritage and to the tradition of Chinese calligraphy, the city is famous for.”

This process of thinking of a gate as an intermediate destination rather than simple border can be emulated towards our installations.  Rather than simply creating a parametric tent because it artfully defines the interior space, perhaps if we think of the tent as something more – like a piece of furniture, acoustic barrier/amplifier, or storage – we can begin to stretch the functions and overall benefit of the structure.