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Niyang River Visitor Center | Architectuul


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Vernacular Architecture, Stone

Project timeline

January 2009 – October 2009


Culture & Entertainment

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Daze Village
Linchi, Tibet

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Tibet Tourism Ltd.

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Niyang River Visitor Center Change this

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Niyang River Visitor Center contains a ticket office, changing room and bathroom. The building was constructed using local vernacular techniques and pigments from local minerals have been painted directly onto the stone walls of the interior.

Mirui Road is a tourist road that meets Highway 318 connecting Tibet and Sichuan province. This road meanders southwards along the Niyang River. Within this 20km distance to the Brahmaptra Canyon, the specific terrain and landscape of Niyang River can be enjoyed from the road. Daze Village was chosen to be the entrance to this tourist attraction.

There is little land left for further development in this village, therefore the river beach along the road was the only choice for the site of a tourist center. The construction of this building adopted and developed the techniques of the Tibetan vernacular. The 400mm thick walls at both sides of the openings work as buttresses, increasing the overall structural stability and reducing the interior span as well. Beams for bigger spans are made from several small logs bonded together. A 150mm thick layer of Aga clay covers the waterproof membrane. Aga clay is a vernacular waterproofing material. It stiffens when tampered with water and works as another layer of waterproofing and heat insulation. Its plasticity allows gutters to be shaped.

Color is a crucial element of Tibetan visual culture. The local mineral pigments are directly painted on the stone surfaces. The transitions of colors highlight the geometric transitions of space. From morning to dusk, the sunshine changes its direction and altitude angle, penetrating through the different openings.


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