YJP Administrative Center by HHD_FUN



Beijing architects HHD_FUN have completed a temporary office building in Binhai near Tianjin, China, which features a patterned metal skin enclosing verandas.

Called YJP Administrative Center, the building is covered in panels in twelve different shapes.

These are distributed across the surface according to how much light is required by each of the rooms behind.

Here's some more text from HHD_FUN:


YJP Administrative Center is a temporary building in Tianjin Binhai CBD.

Enclosed verandahs are arranged around the building to afford visual access to the CBD area from within the building.

This allows the occupants to survey the surrounding construction site.

The size of openings within the facade relates directly to the lighting requirements for particular activities within different areas of the building.

The porosity of the façade is designed to produce the required conditions for these activities.

The integration of the density of the patterned façade with the various inner functions forms a key focus of the project.

The façade apertures serve as view frames.  Aperture size and orientation is varied in a continuous manner introducing topological difference across the façade.

The whole façade is constructed from six forms, reflected to give twelve types of identical components, making the building process highly efficient.  This meant that the building to be constructed in less than seven months.

Posted on Monday January 11th 2010 at 3:05 am by Natasha Lyons. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • epolygon

    wow, it seems like seeing winds

  • aa

    byebye space, hello graphic design

  • aa

    nice facade nevertheless

  • Sammi

    testing architecture, i think.

  • ste

    nice facade idea… nothing new but still nice… really like the closeup pic of the elements but really hate the edge-detail! why dont spend more time to find a nice edge? this looks annoying…

  • Johnny b

    its nice but is this not sacrificing the view of the building user for the view of the building itself? im not sure what is more important how its viewed or the view from it… does any one know the locality of the building… is it in a run down area or in picturesque area? would be interesting to know

  • jj

    Johnny B:

    This is a temporary office building on the same site that the permanent building will be built, adjacent to it. There may be picturesque views far off, but close up it’s just a construction site.

    Also, how important are the views, anyways. We know that natural light is directly linked to office productivity, but views? Nice for a house, but quite possibly distracting and unimportant in an office building.

  • I’m totally in agreement with aa when he says “byebye space, hello graphic design”.

    A building is by its nature sculptural & when decorative elements take over to such a degree any balance or articulation between form & such decorative elements is so broken that the building is reduced to a series of facades, nothing more.

  • J*

    “The size of openings within the facade relates directly to the lighting requirements for particular activities within different areas of the building.”

    Yeah… I can’t believe this makes any difference to the light level inside each room. What is the difference going to be between 100.000 lux to 95.000 lux? hey? Another ‘try-to-justify-with-intelligent-stuff’ things that are purely esthetic choice?
    I’m bored of this.

  • ARS

    An apart from the facade what about the rest of the building?

  • Not to mention, J*, that there are a many other factors that relate to interior daylighting factors (room size, shape, interior finishes, etc). Most definitely a case of post rationalization gone bad.

  • eye-catchy facade but the rest of building looks like just a structure of the facade.

  • Sicstringed

    Interesting pattern and use of modules.