Most food processing plants aren’t too pretty to look at, but Hebei’s Organic Farm facility proves that ugly plants don’t have to be the norm. Beijing firm ARCHSTUDIO designed the organic food processing facility as a series of light-filled timber buildings arranged to mimic the traditional Chinese courtyard houses, also known as siheyuan. The elegant, low-lying design features a restrained color palette with natural materials, and it harmoniously blends into the rural landscape outside the city of Tangshan.
Located on a 6,000-square-meter site surrounded by village housing and farmland, the Organic Farm processing plant disguises its industrial purpose with a series of fragmented structures arranged around a central courtyard. Most of the buildings are single-story with pitched roofs to complement the surrounding flat farm fields and small-scale architecture. The buildings are separated into four processing areas—Material Storage, the Mill, Oil Pressing Workshop, and Packing Area—each with access to smaller courtyards. Covered walkways link the different blocks. The inner courtyard is the Grain-Sunning Ground.
A 60-centimeter-tall cement base protects the glued-timber-framed buildings from ground moisture. Translucent polycarbonate sheets clad the facades to let in copious amounts of natural light; at night the buildings appear to glow like a lantern. “The space, structure, materials and the multiple layered exterior courtyards together creates a warm, natural, and continuous working atmosphere for this farm,” writes ARCHSTUDIO.
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