New Leifeng Pagoda in Hangzhou (Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co Ltd)
Located at the foothill of the Sunset Hill of the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, the new Leifeng Pagoda stands at the site of the original pagoda, which was built in 975 AD and collapsed in 1924.
The new pagoda prioritizes the protection of the ancient pagoda ruins to respect history and conserve relics. Meanwhile, the new pagoda harmonizes with its surrounding environment.
It is a five-story tower, identical with the original one. There is space reserved to contain and display the historic site at the new one's base. The new structure contains five stairs and four sightseeing elevators for the convenience of visitors.
The project won a silver prize at the 11st National Outstanding Engineering Design Projects, second prize for Outstanding Perspective Design issued by the Ministry of Construction in 2003, and first prize for Outstanding Perspective issued by the Ministry of Education in the same year. It also won a third prize for outstanding architectural structure from the Architectural Society of China in 2005.