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Make Architects Weihai pavillion, Weihai, China

Wednesday 25 Jul 2012

Weihai island's new retreat

All images courtesy of Shu He Architectural Photography Studio 
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Make Architects complete first seaside pavillion building in Mainland China 

Make Architects has announced the completion of its first building in Mainland China which constitutes a large seaside pavilion in Weihai city in the eastern Shandong peninsula. It will house an exhibition space for a large new residential development situated on a new island of reclaimed land in the city.

The structure measures 6,000 sq ft and is the first building to be completed on the island, intended to make the most of its popular seafront location and beautiful views. The site and its surrounding landscape have been designed to create a gradually unfolding journey through the area. As visitors cross the bridge to the new island, they follow a winding, landscaped pathway leading to the pavilion, and are greeted by an enclosure reflecting the city behind them. Once inside the building, visitors are led through a series of spaces in which the views to the ocean are gradually revealed.

The pavilion provides a reception area and information hub for potential customers of the new development, and will also serve as an event space in the future. The space is divided into two main areas, separated by a spine wall which is dressed vertically with bamboo. This main vicinity houses a model display area, bar, compact cinema, meeting spaces and offices, and spills out onto a continuous terrace that wraps around the exterior of the pavilion. The over-sailing roof gives the building its striking form, and provides shaded coverage for the building and terrace.

John Puttick, who leads the Beijing studio, commented on his involvement in the project: “We are excited about the completion of the Weihai Pavilion. As our first building in China, it is a milestone for Make and testament to the talent in our studio. We currently have five other projects under construction in the region, and we look forward to taking on new opportunities and challenges in the future.”

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