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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Jiaqi Li

Show RCA work

  • Park of Clandon

    Park of Clandon

  • Folly of Marble Hall

    Folly of Marble Hall

  • Folly of Salon

    Folly of Salon

Major project:

Park of Clandon

I aim to reuse Clandon Park from a different perspective, rather than inserting a new space into the old building or fixing the lost part in the usual way. I am choosing to keep the old building in its current state of ruins, combining it with the surrounding landscape and designing them together as a whole. Currently, ninety percent of Clandon Park House lies in ruins due to the fire disaster of 2015 and only the facade remains intact. This shell-like exterior blurs the definition of Clandon Park House. It has the appearance of architecture without any function. For me, it is more like a giant sculpture that is a part of the landscape.

I selected some signature rooms from the mansion house and designed serial follies for these rooms according to the space scale and their original purpose. Then I placed them in the outdoor space corresponding to the level of the original room. Through a series of follies, an architectural language, the mansion was linked with the surrounding landscape as a whole to form a park for people to explore and discover. People can thus freely explore each folly to understand the original function and role of the corresponding room and then they can explore the mansion house itself to get a sense of the comparison between old and new.


  • Jiaqi Li

    I am an interior designer with three-years work experience as a senior designer and eight-person team manager in China, now based in London.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Environmental Design, Jiangnan University, 2013
  • Experiences

  • Senior interior designer, Hangzhou Shanshui Architecture & Interior Design, Hangzhou, 2013-16; Freelance interior designer, Shanghai, 2016-17; Internship, Shanghai Heipaopao Architecture & Interior Design, Shanghai, 2012-13
  • Awards

  • Second Prize in Interior Design of Jiangsu Province, 2011; Gold Prize in 11th China Environmental Design Academic Year Award, 2013
Royal College of Art