Snuggled in the picturesque location of Chicheng County, China, this Green Origin Ice Wine Pavilion has been designed by Hongkong-based O Studio Architects. The 9,700-square-foot structure supports a cluster of white-painted steel frames blending well into its surrounding landscape. This locations climatic condition and fertile soil are ideal for building this winery as it requires grapes to be harvested while frozen on the vine. The white structure of the pavilion softens the orthogonal concrete structure behind it. Further, its position allows the visitors to observe and enjoy the locations seasonal transformations and breathtaking views. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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As per the clients brief, the architects constructed the latticelike veil in the structure to easily accommodate winemaking, storage, and tasting functions.
The firm conceived a "nonrectilinear building that echoes the mountainscape," says Fai Au, the firms founder and principal architect.
The firm placed the wine cellar inside the slope in order to control ageing, where temperature control and hidden space can be ensured so that the grape pressing and public tasting rooms on the ground floor become more beautiful in terms of scale. The rooftop terrace provides outstanding views as a setting for sipping and meeting.
The unusual sculptural form of the building allows it to mix well with its natural surroundings that open towards the sublime mountainscapes and large crop farming areas.
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The building is designed by carving out an organic mass to create a viewing terrace and large windows.
Further, the mass is removed to form a box volume that accommodates the winemaking and tasting spaces.
A matrix of white steel frames form the structure-this is the most affordable, fast and simple construction method that is generally followed in the local construction industry.
The visual appeal and lightness of the steel-framed structure transform drastically under several lighting conditions while creating a great juxtaposition with the warm and cosy wooden interior spaces.
Location: Chicheng, China
Architecture Firm: O Studio Architects
Area: 900 m²
Photo Courtesy: Keqin Xiao
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