The studio Z-ONE Architects, founded two years ago, explores creative solutions in different sectors, such as culture, media, technology, and the Internet, to better describe the future vision of space design. This large-scale project located in the agricultural park of Nantong, a city in the coastal province of Jiangsu, China, is a good example.
This three-building complex (tourist service center, exhibition hall, amenities) is located in the entrance area of the park and welcomes visitors. The studio’s first thought was to create a transition between the urban and rural experience, while embodying the emerging style of contemporary architecture. The service center, mixing steel and wood, looks like a flower with its petals, seen from the sky. It includes five spaces (library, exhibition, study, catering, multifunctional room for various activities), fed by skylights.
But it is the exhibition room known as “rural life” that captures the attention with its immaculate whiteness, designed in a spatial structure made of membranes. The long, curved, horizontal windows allow the interior space to be both separate from and integrated with the river landscape. Its form, texture, and soft lines reflect the theme and morphology of the entire park, completing the success of this complex that stands out from the Chinese urban panorama.