- Cooperator : Zhejiang Provincial Industry Design & Research Institute
- City : Hangzhou
- Country : China
Text description provided by the architects. Located in Seven Sage County community, the project is a contemporary sales office and will be reused as a small art museum in the future. The community features nature-friendly and low-key architecture, except for the Sales Office, which appears as a prominent “alien”. It’s seated in the most important joint of the community, at the core center connecting the residential area, the commercial space, and the Quarry Park which is planned and re-arranged by AECOM. It’s also the visual center of the entire community. The architects hope it will be built in a unique shape to manifest its presence. This makes the Sales Office the most unique building in Seven Sages Country community, in terms of form and material.
The double-story building appears more powerful against the underlying pool with its glistening and soft surface. The figure of the folding line encloses a quiet cortile, creating a landscape of the balcony on the second floor. The balcony is then connected with the quarry park on the hills. This allows people to climb the hill from the road on ground level or enter the hill directly along the balcony. There are steps and open spaces in the balcony so that it could be articulated into a small outdoor theater if necessary.
The soaring bell tower is much higher than the flat Sales Office like a towering fortress. Every time the bell rings, it leaves deep impression on the residents. In the time the bell tower will generate a strong impression for the community and provide a sense keeping time.By employing a type of composite material in the construction of external wall, the architects reduce the costs and also achieve a shocking tactile sensation similar with corroded steel plate.