Asterisk by
SAKO Architects

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This asterisk-shaped restaurant and winery at the centre of a lake near Beijing is our second story in the last week about Chinese studio SAKO Architects (+ slideshow).

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

The timber-clad building was designed by SAKO Architects with different functions in each of its five wings, while a wine cellar occupies the basement.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

An entranceway cuts through the first of the five wings. A lobby is located beyond and leads into a central hall with a circular skylight overhead.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

A wine showroom and bar are contained in the second wing, while the third contains the dining room of the restaurant. Both of these spaces open out to rectangular terraces, plus one of them projects out across the surface of the lake.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

The fourth wing contains a series of private function rooms, divided by brick walls with gaps to let the light through, and the final wing contains the kitchen and staff facilities.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Our other recent story about SAKO Architects featured a doughnut-shaped kindergarten with brightly coloured details.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

See more architecture in China, including a museum of wooden sculptures and an art gallery in Beijing with curvy courtyards.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Photography is by Ruijing Photo.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Here's some more information from SAKO Architects:


Asterisk in Beijing

The project is a building which on a floating island in the lake, with an area of 2,000 sqm. Including ground floor and basement. Wine showroom, restaurant and underground winery are included.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

The space separated by five different functional blocks, and setup as one integral building which is direction relative and continuity connected with the central multifunction space.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

The respective functions are connected through a space, the large openings in the exterior wall, form the interior and outdoor overall sense. There are five different functional plazas between each block, wedding or wine exhibition and other activities can be held here.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Project Name: ASTERISK in Beijing
Project Location: Beijing, China
Project Type: Architecture

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Architect/s: Keiichiro SAKO, Shuhei AOYAMA, Ariyo MOGAMI, Touru IWASA/ SAKO Architects
Lighting Design: Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates
Client: Beijing Sheng Lu International Zhuang Park Hotel Management Ltd.

Asterisk by SAKO Architects

Element: Winery, Restaurant
Size: Site area: 4,800m2
Building area: 2,000m2
Design Period: 2010/05 – 2011/04
Construction Period: 2010/10 – 2012/11

Asterisk by SAKO Architects
Floor plan - click for larger image
Asterisk by SAKO Architects
Cross section - click for larger image
  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    The interior is beautiful. I’ve never heard of a winery in China before. You learn something new…

  • bubble

    The shape of the building is so still and the interiors are so dark and sad, I thought it was a funeral home before reading that it’s a winery.

  • Olive

    Touche. Great arguments. Keep up the good spirit.