Rice Field Bookstore of Tanjiawan Agricultural Site Park / MUFU-ARCHILAB

Rice Field Bookstore of Tanjiawan Agricultural Site Park / MUFU-ARCHILAB

reed, steel column and glass. Image © Liwei Yangsecondary entrance. Image © Liwei Yanginterior. Image © Liwei Yanginterior. Image © Weijie Lu+ 27

Jiaxing, China
  • Architect In Charge:Guanglong Huang, Zhi Wu, Liwei Yang
  • Design Team:Miaoling Zheng, Huihui Qian, Xiangrong Dong, Shengqing Luo
  • City:Jiaxing
  • Country:China
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reed, steel column and glass. Image © Liwei Yang
reed, steel column and glass. Image © Liwei Yang

Text description provided by the architects. Featuring the time-honored rice-growing farmland, the Tanjiawan in Wuzhen is regarded as one of the Majiabang cultural sites in the early Neolithic Age in the Taihu Basin on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. With the emergence of Internet, people's lives have been inundated with multifarious media messages, thus many cultural heritages have be passed into silence gradually. Modern media, as a new technology for cultural inheritance, seems unable to make up for some spiritual demands of people due to the loss of nature in cultural continuity. The hustle and bustle of the city and the increasingly-severe ecological environment trigger people’s impulsion of returning to the primitive life.

bookstore in the field. Image © Liwei Yang
bookstore in the field. Image © Liwei Yang

When we are In the countryside, standing in front of the rice fields, it is like a fantastic shock to the future life from the primitive cultural heritage. We can not perceive the length of time, while the rice culture is in the decline stage. It is our hope that the finished building, just like the vessel of time, relates the site with the human beings, with demonstrating the time span and the immemorial memories.

south elevation. Image © Liwei Yang
south elevation. Image © Liwei Yang

Design vision
The aspiration of our design actually comes from an image of site. The golden rice fields, stretching as far as the eyes can see, seem to retain a sense of well-being of all primitives. We hope that the bookstore will stand out from the surrounding modern high-rises. With the primitive hint, it will be a milestone stretching back through millennial history, connecting the past with the present.

north elevation. Image © Liwei Yang
north elevation. Image © Liwei Yang

Therefore, in the process of determining the form of the bookstore, we have made a intensive consideration. Finally, we decided the form of reverse sloping roof. As a public building of rural culture, the sloping roof is like a symbol of rural settlement. In a large and relatively-free paddy field without strict restrictions, we planned to shape the presence of the building itself. The architecture, with its own signature, will finally rise abruptly from the ground with a strong appeal just like the indicator, and finally present its theme.

Therefore, in the process of determining the form of the bookstore, we have made a intensive consideration. Finally, we decided the form of reverse sloping roof. As a public building of rural culture, the sloping roof is like a symbol of rural settlement. In a large and relatively-free paddy field without strict restrictions, we planned to shape the presence of the building itself. The architecture, with its own signature, will finally rise abruptly from the ground with a strong appeal just like the indicator, and finally present its theme.

entrance landscape. Image © Weijie Lu
entrance landscape. Image © Weijie Lu
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The traditional sloping roof, which is high in the middle and low on both sides, is more of a centripetal and cohesive meaning: a place where families gather in traditional Japanese houses or a place where Buddhist statues are worshiped in traditional Chinese palaces. On our site, we focused more on the landscape of the countryside, the most common scenes of people farming and ranching. The space covered by the reverse slope roof has a pushing power, so that people's senses will be able to interact with the building boundary. As the face of the surrounding environment is enlarged, one’s horizon becomes broader.

corridor. Image © Weijie Lu
corridor. Image © Weijie Lu

When people's eyes fall on the environment outside the building, the building is then turned into a window for modernist to understand the past. As a kind of real material medium, the architecture does not let people review the historical and cultural heritage through the way of joking and virtual games, but enable people to experience a series of scenes full of vitality in the paddy field outside of the building through the magnified sense organs, so as to refresh the lost cultural memory of thousands of years in this land.

view from the field. Image © Liwei Yang
view from the field. Image © Liwei Yang

Simple construction
At the construction level, the building will be ended up with the simplest presentation, relating to Laugier’s “primitive hut”. Just like the accumulated culture for thousands of years, architecture, as a vehicle of form and meaning, has been quietly transformed into culture after a long period of understanding of life and construction, and then recorded as an element understood in form.

secondary entrance. Image © Liwei Yang
secondary entrance. Image © Liwei Yang

The bookstore directly presents the steel frame system in final facade, which is not only on the surface, but also in the real structure. The relationship is very simple - the aluminum frame of the glass is hidden behind the steel frame, and only the closely arranged steel columns and glass can be seen from the outside. The final effect of this relationship is the integration of form, structure and space. The interface of the building space is more pure, and the human body can be completely relaxed inside, so that the spirit of the rural rice field can be regained.

interior. Image © Weijie Lu
interior. Image © Weijie Lu
view the field from the building. Image © Weijie Lu
view the field from the building. Image © Weijie Lu

Poetic expression
Looking from the other side in the evening, the golden rice fields do not shine as brightly as they do in the daytime. At this time, the yellowish light penetrates from the interior of the building little by little, blurring and weakening the original sharp look. Everything around was quiet. At this time, the bookstore was like a watchman in the rice field. It was watching for the people born and raised in this waterside village, and watching for the rice field growing together with people in the seasons.

night view. Image © Weijie Lu
night view. Image © Weijie Lu

The imprint of time is engraved in every corner of the building, and the building now comes into being a credible inheritor, unveiling the old stories here bit by bit and slowly.

north facade night view. Image © Weijie Lu
north facade night view. Image © Weijie Lu

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Project location

Address:Tanjiawan Group, Fulanqiao Village, Wuzhen, Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province, China

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Cite: "Rice Field Bookstore of Tanjiawan Agricultural Site Park / MUFU-ARCHILAB" 10 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/946257/rice-field-bookstore-of-tanjiawan-agricultural-site-park-mufu-archilab> ISSN 0719-8884
south facade. Image © Weijie Lu

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