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Tangram Canopy

Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, Yunnan


The Tangram Canopy is a flexible modular roof structure.

The design mimics the Tangram, a Chinese game of individual triangle-derived pieces that can be rearranged into various forms. The flat roof of the Tangram Canopy ensures the modules are directionless, unlike typical canopies. The spaces created are infinitely expandable in all directions, unified under a singular canopy.

The structure consisted of truss-like “L” shape modules made of 10mm thick steel rod. The lightness of the structure allows it to almost

Tangram Canopy


Location:Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, Yunnan

Date of Completion: Nov 2014

Principals:He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng

Project Team:Jiang Hao, Gao Tianxia, Lin Tianquan

Photographer:People’s Architecture Office

Material:Steel, PVC