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China Yard Sales Office / Zephyr Architects

  • 00:00 - 13 April, 2012
China Yard Sales Office / Zephyr Architects
China Yard Sales Office / Zephyr Architects, ©  SHU He
© SHU He

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He + 22

  • Architects

    Zephyr Architects 
  • Location

    Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • Partner In Charge

    Zhao Zhonggui
  • Project Architect

    Yu Tong
  • Client

    Genghai Co.
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs


©  SHU He
© SHU He

Composed of 2 buildings bisected by a narrow lane, this project is designed to accommodate a temporary sales office that will later convert into retail stores. The building form responds to the unique site, located in a sunken pit three meters below the level of the road intersection. It is designed as a main entrance square for the entire compound, featuring a grass field, serving as an outdoor stage for public events. The sales office will provide a backdrop for the stage. Large vertical windows are used to enhance roadside visibility of the building.

©  SHU He
© SHU He

The front elevation, facing the public, contrasts transparency and opacity through extrusions and recessions in the plan, resulting in dynamic layering of bay windows. Adhering to the building module, full-height windows appear in various widths. These openings stretch beyond the roof level, allowing for extended views out as well as blurring the boundary between sky light and window, bringing in extensive natural light.

The rear façade is more opaque with narrow windows designed to reduce the impact of the building over the private residential units. An internal lane bisects the plan, serving as the main gateway from the sunken plaza to the housing compound, and is highlighted by shallow water pools and elegant vertical lamps.

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Cite: "China Yard Sales Office / Zephyr Architects" 13 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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