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Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

China Architecture News - Oct 02, 2020 - 16:55   3416 views

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi has built a pavilion in a rural area of Jiaozuo, China that is inspired by peach blossoms and it provides a space for cultural, art and educational facilities. 

Named Peach Hut, the 55-square-metre building was developed as the first building of miniature series designed in different locations in the country. 

Considering the vast serving area (630-square-kilometer county area) and the difficulty of traveling between scattered villages, the architects came up with a proposal to divide one building into a series of miniature facilities. 

Peach Hut is the first building that was completed in the plans.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

"The long-term drawbacks of remote rural areas include insufficient educational resources, inadequate information access and scant aesthetic imagination," said Atelier Xi. 

"Thus, community leaders and the architect seek for an aesthetic approach towards rejuvenating these communities." 

"Through these minimal architectural investments, the project aims to inspire sensibilities of local residents, to help them enjoy and rethink life quality, as well as to alleviate isolation and poverty," the firm added.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Using cast-in-place concrete in pink colored, these miniatures are interpreted into a series of tree-shaped spaces with tentacles reaching out for the sky, bathing in light and shadow. 

Their locations vary from fields, woods, to mountaintops, and their forms differ as well: while one grows out from the ruined walls in an abandoned village, another embodies a floating theater on the water.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

The construction of the seven units is divided into two phases with the first phase consisting of Periscope (a vernacular theater), Observatory (a beverage bar in a peach tree farmland), and Bent House (a communal library).

"Peach Hut", the first completed miniature pavilion, is surrounded by a field of blossoming peach trees in farmland. The trees on the site which all lean to one side, which inspired the sculptural form of the architecture. 

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

The architect envisions that the building is cut from a series of invisible arcs derived from the earth and the cloud, forming a unique shape that rises to the sky.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

In the Peach Hut, all windows are shaped differently, responding to different views and light angles: the large floor-to-ceiling window on the second floor allows viewers to jump over the peach trees and overlook the panoramic view of the farm. 

The round window frame on the south side rotates along the central axis, and captures dynamic imageries of the orchard under the subtle variation of daylight. 

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

On the other hand, the vertical windows at the corners lengthen the depth of field from the orchard to the village at far; the shadow resulted from the skylight changes at every moment. 

The entrance corner window is made as a quarter circle resembling the stooped peach trees, thus resonating with the picturesque land.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

The architects were impressed by the peach blossoms on the site during the first visit, "the architect decided to coat the building with pink cast-in-place concrete." 

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

After repeated field tests, the architect and the construction team eventually found a formula that met the desired color and concrete strength. 

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

The exterior concrete finish is cast with small wooden formwork to outline the contour of the curved geometry, and the interior finish is cast with a smooth formwork to better reflect the skylight from above. 

In early morning, at noon, dusk and night, the pink concrete wall reveals different colors and qualities based on the changing light conditions.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

As the studio summarizes, the architect hopes to leave a few marks on the building that belong only to this piece of land. Therefore, a bronze wall sconce and black steel door handles are designed with the outline of the building; and a relief tree is cast on the concrete facade with customized formwork, orientating towards sunrise to the east.

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Site plan

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Location plan

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

1st and 2nd floor plans

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

Concept diagrams

Atelier Xi built mini pavilion that is inspired by peach blossoms in rural area of Jiaozuo, China

East and South elevations

Project facts

Project name: Peach Hut

Architecture: Atelier Xi

Location: Jiaozuo, China

Size: 55m2 

Date: 2020 

Lead Architect: Chen Xi
Design Team: Zhu Zhu(Associate in Charge), Huang Jiajie, Wang Xingyao, Xu Lvbao, Wang Weiguo, Tian Di, Wen Weijian(Intern), Cao Suying(Intern), Han Xiao(Intern), Xu Zhiwei(Intern) 

Clients: Xiuwu County
Lighting Consultant: AURA Lighting Design Consultant
Construction Documents: Li Jianhui (architecture), Su Zhimeng (structure), Gan Bin, Xiao Liangmin (MEP)

All images © Zhang Chao

All drawings © Atelier Xi

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