Chinese Firm Z-ONE Tech Architects Encapsulates Soft Lightwells in the Roof of this Urban Agricultural Park in China

Nantong- a state-of-the-art urban agricultural park in the northern suburb of Nantong, Jiangsu, China.

An emerging Chinese architecture firm Z-ONE Tech architects took just four months from concept design to completion of the Nantong- a state-of-the-art urban agricultural park in the northern suburb of Nantong, Jiangsu, China. The firm mainly focuses on experimental architecture in rural China. This intriguing project by the firm, founded in 2020, measures a total construction area of 4552.8m² and consists of 3 buildings- an Exhibition Hall of Rural Life, a Comprehensive Service Center called "Gather Grain into Granary '' and a public restroom renovation. The most amazing feature of the project is its uneven roof nested with soft light wells. Read more about this interesting project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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A Transition Between Urban and Rural Experience

The comprehensive service center which is also known as "Gather Grain into Granary" lies along the main entrance of its Nantong Par. As per the design team, “ the prominent position of this center enables people to see the whole park. Furthermore, it also functions as a threshold, or transition between the rural and urban experience.

z-one-architectsThe center is a group of five warehouse-shaped spaces fabricated with steel and timber. It accommodates an exhibition space, a field library, a studying area, a dining area, and a multipurpose hall for different activities. 

Internal Light Wells in Every Core Space

The team at Z-One Architects intersected the structure to create internal ‘Light Wells In every core space.

z-one-architectsEach light well affects the way daylighting reaches at every section, allowing the visitor to experience a new sense of awareness of the natural surroundings. 


Dimension Reduction

Further, the design team applied ‘dimension reduction’ technique to most of the free-form surface during the construction, which minimised the engineering difficulty. Moreover, the problem of laying tiles on the uneven roof was also solved creatively.  

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Exhibition Hall of Rural Life

The shape and texture of Exhibition Hall of Rural Life does not echo the theme of the whole park but it nicely reflects the distinctive spatial and morphological elements.

z-one-architectsThe pure white texture of the building along with the skylight penetration point ensures the integrity of the interior space. It contains different parts that slowly change the height of interior spaces, increasing its spatial features.

z-one-architects A curved long horizontal window offers the unobstructed views of the unique river, making the whole space joined and separated with the external landscape at the same time. 

Heavy Roof with Light Walls

The project includes the facelift of a public toilet that features a unique combination of heavy roof with lighter walls.


“It hopes to reduce the physical sense of the building as much as possible. While the grey space formed by the public washbasin in the front interacts with the reflective material in the back making the heavy material roof present the feeling of floating,” said the architects.


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