Cube Tube in Jinhua / SAKO Architects

© Misae Hiromatsu

Architects: SAKO Architects
Location: , China
Project Team: Keiichiro Sako, Yoko Fujii, Jiye Zhang
Project Area: 13,421 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

‘CUBE TUBE’ consists of an office building and a restaurant building in the new Economic Development Zone in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province. As the entrance of the EDZ, there was a strong requirement for the buildings to act as the landmark in this area. Most buildings around this place are based on [Tei Kanmuri] style. To make a contrast, we wanted to design something as simple as two blocks. ‘CUBE TUBE’ came from this simple idea. One is 32 meters square office Building, named ‘CUBE’. And the other is 55 meters square restaurant building named ‘TUBE’. They are placed in a grid area with hundreds of trees.

© Misae Hiromatsu

‘CUBE’ is a central core typed office building with ninth floors. The client requested that the working areas should be individual; the building had to be airiness and had to have good natural lighting in the central part of the building. The first request is not difficult. However, the other two requests conflict with general forms. In order to achieve the client demand, we designed corridors, like a ‘cross’ cutting the central building to parts. The corridors connected to the terraces installed on each side, East, West, South and North. Therefore, we managed to let wind and light brought into the centre of the building.

© Misae Hiromatsu

There are three sizes of terraces. We used varies heights and widths to make them different. The terraces are placed randomly to make a complex and rich pattern in the ‘CUBE’.

© Misae Hiromatsu

Aluminum panel covers the outside walls of ‘CUBE’. Transparent, grey and black colours of glass are adopted for the ‘TUBE’. Randomly placed terraces lessen the effects of the floor slabs to articulate the facade, thereby emphasizing the simple forms of the Cube and the Tube. All of these factors make the two simple blocks become a landmark facility in this area.


A square module with 550mm a side is applied for furniture, fittings, the surface and the outdoor facilities. The number 550mm is induced from the half height of the handrail. This module connects everyone related and plays the role of a common language.

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Cite: "Cube Tube in Jinhua / SAKO Architects" 09 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Leo

    That is just an excessive amount of windows.

  • Antje Pasinga

    cube cheese

  • courbusier

    It reminds me of SANAA

  • VL

    Give it a more creative try……

  • Malachie Z

    It’s just copying SANAA’s school project, yet looks much cheaper and boring. It’s just materialization of a premature sketchup model. Even the first-year architecture student could do a better job.

  • Simon

    When they say great architects steal, i dont think they mean this literally. Not nearly as interesting as Sanaa’s building.

  • anon11

    Zollverein school much?

  • tetsu1

    that’s definetly a copy from SANAA. A bad copy, if I can say it…