Tourist centre perches above limestone canyon in Guizhou Province

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Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

Tourist centre perches above limestone canyon in Guizhou Province

This tourist centre by Chinese studios 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio stands on a platform facing out over a deep limestone canyon in Anlong County in China's Guizhou Province.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

Four buildings and a pavilion-like structure that make up the Anlong Limestone Resort are hidden between the peaks of the hills, with the platform and a bridge connecting them.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

Floor-to-ceiling windows give visitors unobstructed views of the karst topography, a 100-metre cliff face divided by a river that flows from two underground sinkholes.

"The scenery of the canyon is powerful enough to become the protagonist," said architect Zhuoran Zhao of Beijing-based practice 3andwich Design.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

"Each building has a good viewing surface of glass walls, through which the magnificent scenery of the canyon can be absorbed by the buildings," he told Dezeen. "The platform connects the outdoor space of each single buildings with the environment."

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

A mix of timber, light-toned bricks and local stones allows the architecture to blend in with the surrounding rock formations.

The centre of the resort includes a reception hall, a conference hall the Red Point Restaurant, and the Tequila Club bar.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

The raised buildings are positioned at the highest point of the valley floor at the bottom of the canyon, providing panoramic views of the landscape and protecting the buildings from flooding.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

The canyon often floods during the rainy season between July and September. Without any official data available on flooding levels, the architects relied on knowledge from local residents to determine a high water mark to build above.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

As well forming a dialogue with the natural environment, the architecture is informed by local building styles.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

"The new buildings are trying to respond to the intentions of traditional buildings, following the form of traditional double-slope residential houses in southwest Guizhou, suited to rainy weather," said Zhao.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

Along with the scenery, tourists visit the canyon to enjoy extreme sports including rock climbing, paragliding, water sports and off roading. It is also a popular spot for hot air balloon rides.

Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio

The team took on the project in 2016 for the Anlong Heyun Tourism and Cultural Development Co, and construction was finished in July of this year.

Photography is by Jin Weiqi.

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Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Ground floor plan
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio
Tourist Center of Anlong Limestone Resort by 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio