If on the Wall a Catway

If on the Roof a Swordswoman

Community Sports Center Design

September 2014

Gudun, Hangzhou, China



Lotus Community which the sports center is intended to serve is an urban village inhabited primarily by low-income people, including a large population of manual workers. Most of them have neither been to a gymnasium nor intended to do sports there, indicating an obvious gap between the design assignment and the reality. This reality reflects the current social situation in China, a society full of conflicts, absurdity and unreality. Under the circumstances, we might as well embed this absurdity in the design itself.