Plot 6 & Tea House in Jiangsu Software Park / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Jishan, Jiangnin Developed District, , China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Chen Juan, Tang Yu
Building Area: 20000 sqm
Site Area: 24238 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Shu He

© Shu He

Jishan base of Jiangsu Software Park is located in a beautiful landscape of undulating hills. The project will provide suburban office spaces for IT companies. The courtyard walls enclose a flat artificial area in a natural undulating landscape, where courtyards and open working places flow on the ground floor. The second and third floor spaces are disassembled into different parts leaning against the walls, with nothing negative influence to the courtyard on the ground floor. All buildings on the site combined with the rolling topography, create an organic community and represent the same logical structure as the inner spaces of the building. The courtyard walls limit the interior space and define the boundary to the external environment.

© Shu He

The whitewash is used for the wall, while the rest facades of the up-floors are enveloped by the wooden components. Beside the suburban attractive environment, and under the blue sky in Nanjing, the white walls mixed with brown woods are expressing their respect to the traditional Jiangnan dwellings. The design of the tea house is integrated with the undulating landscape, inserting a small transformer substation into the sloping site, leaving the upper visible part as the teahouse. The house is encircled by a corridor hanging out of the main building, floating along the landform, or standing away from the ground, represents the topography in the architectural language. The corridor is enveloped by nylon threads, providing a hazy poetic status by its soft and translucent feature, which also gives the contemporary description of the traditional Jiangnan area of China.

© Shu He

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Cite: "Plot 6 & Tea House in Jiangsu Software Park / Atelier Deshaus" 10 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Antje Pasinga

    like it – It’s as simple as that.

    • bjarke ingels

      I don’t, it is too simple. it’s not sexy!

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  • yogesh lahoti

    thankX ~ thats wonderful.

  • Matt

    “I like it”
    “I don’t like it”

    This falls below the level of critique expected from high school students.

    • Mac

      Don’t argue with Bjarke!

  • Gisela Schmoll

    It’s hard to tell if it’s a good project since they didn’t include any interior photos. Personally, I think the current emphasis on overwrought external form misses the point of architecture – the experience of being in space.

  • Gabriel Gonzalez

    hey bjarke: I dont like your jacket, is too simple. it’s not sexy!

  • Sigma Kabir

    Unordinary building but suitable for IT office building. Cool