Having previously completed impressive architectural and interior design projects throughout China such as Beijing’s Rongbaozhai Coffee Bookstore, Arch Studio was commissioned to design Organic Farm, a 6000 square meter compound located in the outskirts of Tangshan City’s Guye District. The distinct architectural design stands out amongst the sprawl of villages and private residences in the surrounding area. As the name suggests, the main purpose of the building is to function as a processing workshop of organic food. Raw materials are sent from organic producing regions across the China are processed and packaged to be retail-ready. Many of the organic products here are then transported to homes and supermarket all throughout China.
The design concept behind this building is inspired by siheyuan, a traditional residential design where a large courtyard is flanked by buildings on all four sides, a design commonly sees in northern China. Organic Farm’s skillfully executed this traditional architectural style on a much larger scale. In doing so, they’ve create a natural atmosphere and a functional workspace that allows flexibility. The self-contained compound is at the same time able to harmoniously coexist with the surrounding natural environment.
The entire compound is split into four enclosed, relatively independent buildings: a material storage, a mill, an oil pressing workshop, and a packing area. The inner courtyard is the grain-sunning ground, and a convenient work cycle line is formed around the inner courtyard. The exterior of the buildings are corridors that connect the four areas and leads to the food processing workshop.
The central courtyard spans out around the Organic Farm unintentionally, forming a multilayered area that fulfills the need for natural ventilation, natural lighting and views of a workshop. The organic relationship between the courtyard and each building creates functional areas of various sizes: small corridors, medium-sized rooms, and large workshop are all able to fit under one big roof, allowing for even more flexibility while meeting the functional needs of the building.
中心庭院向建筑四周错落延伸，拓扑组合成为多层次的庭院空间，满足厂房的自然通风、采光及景观需求,保持良好的室内外空间品质。院 与房的有机联系使得建筑在一个完整的大屋顶下产生多种跨度的使用空间：小尺寸的走廊、 中等大小的房间、大规模的厂房，可以弹性的适应加工作坊的复合使用要求。
Lightweight, easily processed, and easily installed, wood was the main material of choice. Because it sits on a 60cm cement base, the building appears to floating above the ground due to the 60 centimeter cement base that it sits on, which also allows the wooden structure to be moisture proof. At the same time, this design choice hides pipelines and various fixed equipment, allowing for a cleaner visual presentation to visitors.
The thoughtful designs employed by Arch Studio, such as the material choice and structural shape, all flawlessly work together and has resulted in a warm, natural, and comfortable working atmosphere.