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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Restaurant 13 in Jinhua City, China by Johan De Wachter Architects

October 21st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architects

In 2007 JDWA (Johan De Wachter Architects) completed it’s project Restaurant 13 on the banks of Yiwu river, as a part of the The Jinhua Architecture Park. In 2004 Johan De Wachter was asked to design a restaurant for this international architecture project initiated by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter

  • Architect: JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architects
  • Project Name: Restaurant 13
  • Location of site: Jinhua City, China
  • Client: Government of Jindong New District, Jinhua City
  • Organizer: Ai Weiwei, Herzog&DeMeuron
  • Photography: Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter

Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter

  • Principal Designer: Johan De Wachter
  • Design Team: Pei Liu
  • Collaboration: Fundc, ABT Velp
  • Date of commencement of project: 2004
  • Date of completion of project: 2007
  • Site Area: 1500 m2
  • Built-up Area: 600 m2


Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter

The Jinhua Architecture Park is a part of a large development area in Jinhua City, China. The park, designed by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (Fake Design), stretches along theYiwu river. 17 public buildings of 10 international and 7 Chinese architects were planned in the park.

These ’17 Urban Public Mini-structures’ are presented by the Jindong District as a fresh try of international design practicing based on the discussion among local government, experts and 17 selected architects from all over the world.


Tablescape and roofscape (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter)

“Restaurant 13’s rigid but elegant structure of steel, stone and bamboo represents an interpretation of the Chinese dining culture. The traditional restaurant typology of ‘watching and being watched’ is emphasized in the project.”


Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter

Three ‘speeds’ of eating are integrated in one building. This assortment is provided by ‘vending machines’ (street food), a ‘3D tablescape’ (medium food), and a ‘lounge restaurant’ (slow food).

Restaurant 13 is integrated in the Park through its steel-bamboo structure providing shadow and shelter. The open ground floor plan merges the restaurant with the park without a specific border. The detailing of the roofscape refers to the way traditional Chinese architecture deals with the nature elements. An informal stacking of ‘tables’ organizes the ground floor. This covered terrace also serves as an unprogrammed ‘event-space’.


Images Courtesy Iwan Baan, Philip Fung, Johan De Wachter


Axo Model

Ground Floor Plan

1st Floor Plan


Elevation Sections

Roof Detail

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