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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.

Eco-Farm Series – Visitor Center in Kunshan, China by Vector Architects

 
July 10th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vector Architects

Sited in southeast corner of Yuefeng Island Eco-farm alongside the Yang Cheng Lake, Kunshan,the visitor center consists of a multi-functional activity space, a pet dorm, and a preserved house used as office. Our design task is to explore how architecture should be integrated into such a context, to create a new and unique place, however harmonize with nature.

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Night view, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Project: Eco-Farm Series – Visitor Center
  • Location: Kunshan, China
  • Photography: Shengliang Su
  • Client: Kunshan City Investment Company
  • Design-partner-in-charge: Gong Dong
  • Project Architects: Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
  • Project Advisor: Nan Wang
  • Structure: Steel Structure, Timber Structure
  • Material: Cor-Ten Steel, Wood Slate, Wooden Floor
  • Building Area: 280 m2
  • Structural and MEP Engineer: Yuangui Design Institute, Shanghai
  • Design Period: 09/2010-04/2013
  • Construction Period: 02/2013-06/2014

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Western view, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

The empty flatness of the site is an essential character that we believe the design should respond to. The architecture appears as 2 horizontal translucent screens from the farm side. The first screen is made of perforated Cor-Ten steel. The corrugation reinforces the material and ultimately saves the supporting stud system at the back.

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East façade, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

The second screen surface is made of wood louver. The corridor behind it connects the three major programs of the building. Both surfaces allow the penetration of wind, light and vision. While protecting the space from the western sun, they as well establish a blurred view of farm landscape for the people in the space. The translucencies are sensitive of capturing the light, subtly shift the architectural image through the different season, weather, and the time of the day.

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Cor-Ten steal shade, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Hallway between the shade and interior space, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Terrace, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Lobby, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Corridor between the lobby and multi-functional space, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Multi-functional space, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Corridor behind the timber louvers, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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Timber louver, Image Courtesy © Shengliang Su

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