The inspiration for the architectural design concept was derived through three main elements:
The textures and lines prevalent in both the rugged, mountainous and the smooth flowing desert areas experienced while traversing the “Silk Road” provide inspiration for the architectural expression of the design concept. The forms present in the landscape, whether viewed from the air or eye level, represent sweeping, free-flowing elements, contrasting the serene mood of this region of China. The most dominant colors represented in the landscape are red, orange, yellow, copper and rust, and can be found in the strata of the various mountains and rock faces. It is this very specific form and color that inspires the architectural expression.