In the lead-up to the water-skiing world championships at Dongli Lake in Tianjin, event organizers required a pavilion on the water’s edge, to house offices, change rooms and an elevated viewing platform.

Project Essentials

  • LocationTianjin, China
  • ArchitectPerkins + Will
  • BudgetC$3 million

Approximately two hours southeast of Beijing, this lake resort sought to built iconic infrastructure that would be a legacy after the competition. Having travelled to Vancouver and seen Fast + Epp’s design for the Brentwood SkyTrain Station on the Millennium Line, the Owner desired the same aesthetic, with a twist.

With this mandate and the project’s looming deadline, a novel interpretation was developed – we took a curved glue-laminated wood-and-steel rib from Brentwood’s existing shop drawings and rotated each successive frame outwards. Thus, we were able to create a uniquely-curvilinear form, stitched together by a steel truss.


Using prefabrication, we were able to ensure the project’s completion in time for the water-skiing event, and the pavilion stands as a lasting introduction of timber construction in the area.