Situated in the beautiful mountainous region of Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan Province, the JZG tourist centre is the starting point for the journey into the world heritage park. The design program combines a drop off point for arriving travellers, a shuttle service terminal, restaurant, tourism information and ticketing and supporting commercial functions.
The site is situated in the centre of a valley and so the building form was kept low and echoed the forms of the surrounding mountains to respect the site conditions. By placing all the transit functions in the basement the landscape is relatively free of obstruction and keeps the natural views more pure. Natural timber cladding designed to age to silver to further blend the building into the natural surroundings.