within the picturesque valley of chicheng county, china, o studio architects has designed the ‘green origin’ ice wine pavilion, taking shape as an organic white mass that emerges from the greenery and disappears in the snow. constructed as a lightweight cluster of white steel frames, the project serves as a viewfinder where the beautiful scenery and seasonal changes of the site could be easily observed and enjoyed by the visitors.
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following the owner’s requests, o studio architects designed the structure to accommodate the functions of winemaking, storage, and tasting. thanks to its sculptural form, the structure blends with the natural surroundings, that open towards the vast crop fields and the sublime mountainscapes, as well as the ascending valleys. one of the first design decisions was to place the wine cellar inside the slope, where concealed space and temperature control can be ensured. as a result, the above-ground winemaking and tasting areas become more exquisite in terms of scale.
the primary intention in this project was to form the building as a viewfinder where the beautiful scenery and seasonal changes could be seen while one is inside. the design starts by carving out an organic mass to obtain large windows and a viewing terrace, and then further subtracts the mass with a box volume to obtain the winemaking and tasting spaces. the organic mass is made of a matrix of white steel frames, a speedy, economic, and simple construction method that suits the local building industry. the appearance and lightness of the steel-framed massing change drastically under various daylight intensities, whilst forming a great contrast with the warm wooden interior spaces.
name: green origin ice wine pavilion
architects: o studio architects
lead architect: fai au
local design institute: shenzhen hua na architect design co., ltd
location: zhangjiakou, china
site area: 1615 m2
floor area: 900 m2
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom