This pavilion by Beijing studio Vector Architects is used to wash and prepare crops during the harvest at a farm in rural China (+ slideshow).
The roof of the Harvest Pavilion is made from aluminium rods, which overhang the walls on each side to create a sheltered space around the perimeter.
A series of pivoting glass doors line the rear of the building and open out onto the crop rows of the field behind.
The surrounding walls are also glazed and are screened behind rows of bamboo louvres.
Vector Architects also recently completed an office with plant-covered walls and a bright orange meeting room.
Photography is by Shu He Photo, Shengliang Su and Zhi Xia.
Here's some information from Vector Architects:
Eco-Farm Series - Harvest Pavilion, Kunshan, China
Sited in an Eco-farm alongside the Yang Cheng Lake, Kunshan, the project consists of 4 small scale public buildings: a club house, a harvest pavilion, a botanical showroom, and an information center. In the spring of 2012, the harvest pavilion became the first one being completed.
The farm is vast, flat, and wide open to sky. Different from the congested vertical massing image of urban life, such an empty flatness of the site is an essential nature that we believe the architecture should respond to.
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.
The harvest pavilion appears a simple, light, and translucent cuboid, with a horizontal thin plane hovering at the top, flying parallel with the horizon in the distance. The plane, made of pre-fabricated aluminum rods, cantilevers out at 4 sides at various depths. The space below becomes a transition zone from the interior to exterior, and promotes the potential activities because of the pleasant shadow casted by the canopy.
The building façade system consists of vertical laminated bamboo louvers, floor-to-ceiling frameless glass panels, and pivoting glass doors, The transparency and lightness of such a material combination visually fuse the building volume with its surrounding landscape, and make the architecture sensitive to light.
Under the condition of nice weather, when the pivoting glass doors are all rotated to open, the indoor space is literally stretched out into the farmland.
Location: Kunshan, China
Client: Kunshan City Construction &Investment Company
Design Firm: Vector Architects
Design-partner-in-charge: Gong Dong, Chien-ho Hsu
Project Architect: Feng Xu
Project Advisor: Nan Wang
Structure: Steel Structure
Material:foam aluminum, cast-in-place concrete, Fluorocarbon coated aluminum, laminated bamboo, glass, Terrazzo
Building Area: 150 m2
Structural and MEP Engineer: Yuangui Design Institute, Shanghai
Photograph: Shu He Photo, Shengliang Su, Zhi Xia
Design Period: 09/2010-04/2011
Site plan - click above for larger image
Ground floor plan - click above for larger image
Section - click above for larger image