Chinese Wine Trade Center to promote wine culture using international produce
Designed by Latitude Studio, ZhengZhou International Wine Trade Centre will be located in ZhengZhou East New District, Henan Province, China. This enterprise has the main purpose of promoting wine culture in China by bringing a representation of wines from all over the world. It will involve the construction of a Wine Museum, Wine Trade Centre Office Complex, and 100 pavilions representing a range of different countries.
The wine complex configuration presented here has been designed to reference the structure of vineyards: in this case, landscape and architecture grows from a grid that configures, organises and relates the different functions.
This 'grid' can be considered a carpet that covers the entire plot, giving a certain order to what it will be built above. This grid is at the same time transformed by site conditions such as: the flow of visitors; vehicles that cross in east-west and north-south directions; and the express way that crosses South-North producing a commercial 'sunken plaza' behind it.
The architecture is conceived with a simple geometry. The highest tower is situated in the north-east, with the following towers decreasing in a diagonal direction to the south west corner, in order to use the buildings to protect the Wine Trade Center from strong wind that could affect the functionally of the open space with the 100 wine pavilions.
The buildings facades highlight the use of natural materials such as wood. Generously-sized balconies have been inserted into the towers creating a physical connection between the working area and the natural landscape.