shaoxing rice wine town reception hall by gad

shaoxing rice wine town reception hall by gad

complemented by gad architecture studio, shaoxing rice wine town reception hall is located in the Chinese dongpu city, famous for its historic yellow rice wine industry. the project’s original plot of land held workshop space where rice wine was produced and a preserved red brick chimney as a backdrop to the newly constructed building. the final architecture reveals an eye-catching façade design combined with traditional Chinese construction methods and a unified modular language.

this approach responds to the site and its history by ‘infusing the vitality of the times in the ancient thousand-year-old city and inheriting the culture of yellow rice wine in a dynamic way‘, say the designers.

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for the early stages of the project, the building will be used as an experience and exhibition hall that celebrates the cultural experience of yellow rice wine and includes a bookstore and flower shop, among other functions. later is gad team will expand its role by transforming it into a waterfront commercial building housing three restaurants.

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southeast bird’s eye view

center the layout of the building around the dashu river

in addition to occupying the land of a former industrial facility, the project also borders the dashu river to the east, which has become a focal point for architects. they made full use of this feature on site by stacking and retreating the building volume to the north — forming multiple rooftop terraces overlooking the dashu river and creating more possibilities for future space programs.

on the ground floor, on the banks of the river, the exteriors welcome a gray and landscaped space intended to gradually extend the interiors. in doing so, the boundary between inside and outside softens – forming a direct connection with the surface of the water.

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the facade incorporates removable window elements found in traditional jiangnan dwellings

a modular design with references to Chinese folk houses

building on the strong functional adaptability of traditional timber frame architecture, the structure is constructed from 4.8m x 4.8m x 4.8m cubes. this module can simultaneously adapt to the plan and floor height requirements of typical spatial functions – i.e. showroom, store, restaurant, restroom, elevator room, etc. more importantly, gad completely mapped the modular unit to the shape and facade of the building — creating a ‘unique architectural temperament‘, as the studio describes it.

to form a deeper, more layered facade, the architects added another frame to the modular exterior walls that reference the removable windows of Jiangnan folk houses. ultimately, ‘the modular space and modular form are highly unified, bringing the maximum degree of rapid prefabrication and installation while maintaining the real requirements of rapid construction and cost control,’ gad share.

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southeast perspective of the reception hall of shaoxing rice wine town

rapid installation on site dictated by the choice of materials

the initial plan was to adopt a wooden structure, but this decision was quickly abandoned considering the project’s tight cycle, fire prevention standards, local rainy climate, low durability and high maintenance of the drink. instead, the architects opted for a steel framed structure which is a faster and more controllable alternative.

Once the skeleton of the building was defined, and after careful investigation and comparison of various materials, the team decided to clad the exterior walls in recycled bamboo. bamboo planks are pre-processed into L-shaped elements in the factory, which reduces on-site assembly labor and joint processing while improving construction speed and installation accuracy on the site. global and warm wood materials combined with small scale unit space create a humble, lovable, vibrant language of waterfront building and design.

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