Location: Tibet, China

Client: Medog Meteorological Bureau

Completion Date: 2017

Gross Floor Area: 1,854 sq m

Type: Office

Architect: EID Architecture

Design Team: 

Ping Jiang, AIA, Design Principal

Sean Lu, Tina Fang, Yun Gong, Sean Zhong

Architect of Record/M&E Consultant/Structural Engineer: 

Tibet Helin Architectural Design Co., Ltd.


The Medog Meteorological Center (MMC) is situated at the lowest point of the remote Medog County, which is the last county in China to be accessed by road and is surrounded by mountains with stunning natural landscape. The design responds to the topography and the considerably humid climate based on local materials and construction techniques, as well as obtaining a better environmental performance sustainably and economically.


Vernacular Materials

The project aims to integrate vernacular ethnic elements that is unique in Medog, and the modern architectural language to create a piece of contemporary architecture that is sensitive to local cultural and tectonic tradition. Consisting of the administrative offices and staff accommodations, the MMC is conceived as an enclosed courtyard with an elevated ground level, which responds to the characteristics of Moinba and Lhoba architecture.


Remote Intervention

Few problems were confronted due to the climatic condition and the hard-to-reach location. The former brought challenges to the design process and the material selection while the latter led to the isolation of the county originally, which resulted in poor accessibility to the site as well as limited local constructional skills. These problems were solved via remote intervention that was applied during the design process.

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