The Curtain (Sales Office) by Qun Wen
2017 - 2018, Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Reshaping the cultural self-confidence with innovative design solutions
We are trying to find a way to engage new technology, materials, ideas to excavate the essence of Chinese architectural culture, to create a new form of Chinese architecture adapting to the development of modern era, to return the value of Chinese culture. We hope to use design to regain the essence of Chinese culture and reshape our cultural self-confidence. We are committed to design their sales office by SUNAC . Based on the regulation, the sales office will be converted into a kindergarten after the use as a sales office. The difficulty of the project is that two different functions have completely different requirements for space, form and appearance. The strategy we adopted is to add another layer of removable green skin, the metal mesh, outside the building for sustainable and imagery purpose. This layer of skin creates an unique facade of the sales office which is conveyed by the core concept of Chinese architecture from the artistic conception of the expression. The Chinese-style wood structure emphasis more on the expression of architectural logic following the natural law. Structural components such as pillars, beams, brackets, rafters, Purlin and so on are all exposed, all comply with the natural mechanics of the law, so it will appear without affectation, especially the roof of the arc. The overhangs of the eaves forms the gray space and it creates a vague zone merging the nature and building into one to achieve the symbiotic state of man and nature. The concept of the sales office is in the inheritance of such a concept. The use of metal fabric as the secondary skin forms a sustainable curtain to protect the building from direct sunlight for energy saving. Also the internal and external space are linked visually and spatially in an elegant transition. Translucent materials presented by the looming visual blur convey a rich level of the depth in space. Meanwhile, the graceful arc of metal fabric formed by natural mechanical logic salutes the Chinese architecture which conforms to the logic of natural structure. The elegant modern steel structure are exposed. The translucency together with elegant landscape creates a poetic zen space. Although the architectural form and the material are modern, but the core idea is the same as Chinese architecture philosophy. The Tao Nature, formless is the ultimate sophistication.
Design Challenges
The big challenge of this project is that after the use as a sales office, the facility will be modified to be a kindergarten. The two functions have completely different requirement of space and appearance. Client also requires a minimum modification after the use as a sales office. Other than that the client wants a very Chinese style feel of building and space. The strategy we used was to add a additional layer of Metal Mesh which creates an unique facade for energy saving and appearance purpose. it also can be easily dissembled after the use of sales office and return to the function back to kindergarten. The dissembled Metal Mesh can be stored and re-used on other facilities for the same purpose.
Production Technology
Metal Mesh
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