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Tea Seed Oil Plant / Imagine Architects

  • 21:00 - 25 March, 2015
Tea Seed Oil Plant / Imagine Architects

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  • Construction Team

    Hui. Impression Ancient Building Company
  • Owners

    Song Feng Cui Organic Agriculture Development Co., Ltd
  • Tea-seed Oil Plant

    3018 sqm
  • Covered Bridge

    195 sqm
  • Cottage

    866 sqm
© Zeng Jianghe
© Zeng Jianghe

Text description provided by the architects. Background andAnalysis

Song Feng Cui Organic Agriculture Development Co., Ltd. is located in Zhongping Village, Jiangwan Town, Wuyuan County. Wuyuan is one of the six ancient Huizhou Counties. As an eco-poverty assistance projects, the plant is using an “order + farmer” mode; the materials of tea-seed oil factory comes from several villages around mountains which are not far away from the factory. By doing this, we are not only helping these villages out of poverty but also creating a circular economy around these mountains. There is a double-restriction in this project. One is the limitation of factory interior spaces. It must meet the requirements of the production process. The other one is the outside environment. The building should make a positive response to the natural environment andhistorical humanity environment where it is located.

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© Zeng Jianghe

Problems and Solutions

Our site is a long and narrow land expands along the river. Because of the double-restriction from production process and the terrain, the factory building can only be a strip form. In order to reduce the pressure to the environment from the building size, the 160m long, 13m wide building is folded into “Z” shape. And the roof top is using a diagonal double crest style; the height of the roof top comes from 10m to 5m.


Structures and Materials

Building materials are mainly old brick, old tile and old door sheet. Bricks are used in three major ways, self-supporting, space-retaining and insulation. Door sheets are mainly used as ceilings and mezzanine malls. Tiles are used for insulation instead of water proofing, which is also the visual link between the old and new buildings.

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© Zeng Jianghe

Color and Visual

The brick and wood sheet using for both outside and inside walls are without any paints. Except for some place that under the requirement of production requirement, we apply the white wall. Most of the old bricks  and wood sheets are keeping the surface traces which were formed by time that present a wealth of detail to the whole building. Building cornices are beveled. The cornices ceiling is using the same method with the building walls. And the end of cornices which we called "pixel cornice." is using jaggedback channel processing. It presents an alternative visual effect to the public.

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© Zeng Jianghe

Ecology and Environmental Protection

The price of the old building material we used is cheap, but it costs a lot of money in collection and refurbishing. Therefore it is not cheaper than using new materials, but it is worth to do it after thinking about the ecological and the comprehensive social value. Currently in China, we could only use it by the owners and designers’ consciousness. However, it is hard to promotion and sustainable only by the consciousness. We still need the supports from government or local regulations andpolicies.

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© Zeng Jianghe

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Cite: "Tea Seed Oil Plant / Imagine Architects" 25 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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