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The design of the panda pavilions is a convergence of landscape, architecture, and land art. While the project provides a pedestrian friendly navigation experience for visitors, it prioritizes an animal-friendly environment to minimize the alienation of ecology. Located at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the Panda Pavilions take form in the primitive geometry of a circle. Nestling in the wilderness, these panda houses embrace their natural surroundings, integrating themselves with the topography of the national park. The design is organized around four open-air circular courtyards which serve as outdoor playground for the bears, while providing continuous connection with nature. The panda pavilions are designed to create an immersive experience of exploration and discovery for the visitors. They house the pandas’ indoor and outdoor activity spaces and living quarters, along with staff administrative offices and supporting facilities. Also, the pavilions provide interactive exhibition and education spaces designated for panda research and preservation. The pavilion facades feature pressure-treated cedar wood panels and cast-in-place concrete walls. These buildings are equipped with water nozzles around the pavilions to create a fine mist for panda friendly temperature and humidity. The project is currently under construction, and scheduled to be completed before the summer of 2021.

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