Living up to the suggestiveness of its name, the Loop of Wisdom embodies a timeless architectural concept. Our design for a technology museum and reception center for a new neighborhood in Chengdu, China, is much more than an exuberant landmark. In addition to its obvious aesthetic appeal and cultural program, the fluid structure incorporates a spectacular public space – an undulating rooftop trail. This addition makes the Loop of Wisdom an accessible icon, rather than a remote beacon. It invites people to explore it and make it part of their regular walking or jogging routine.
In balance with nature


Our building, the first in this new extension of Chengdu, fits beautifully with the natural context. Working with the landscape rather than simply ignoring it, we created an elegant, organic form. Our gentle design invites people to come and explore it.


By shaping a circular path that follows the topography, we combined two separate programmatic entities in a single structure. As the path rises up to make space for the program, it becomes a roof offering stunning views. The new building becomes a path and architecture at the same time, while allowing nature to continue around, under and within the form of the structure.
Red runner

Red was chosen for the color for the roof because of the striking contrast it makes with the lush green of the landscape. The path surface is rubber asphalt – the material used for athletics tracks – making it suitable for runners as well as walkers.

The track measures 600m around, rising 25m from its ground level access to offer panoramic views of the surrounding greenery and distant mountains.
The fast track to the future

The entire 5,000-m2 Loop of Wisdom building, including the interior design and landscape design, took well under a year to complete from design to construction. The design itself went from sketch to blueprint in a matter of days, thanks to the use of advanced parametric drafting software that was linked to the architects’ BIM model.

Eventually, a new school will be built next to the site, and the building will enter its second phase of a life as a library and sports center, complete with an Olympic-sized running track.
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