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2003 Sichuan Province, China

In the Agricultural Research Center, water, earth, and structure all relate and transform one another. The facility is occupied by a single researcher with public spaces available to locals. The center is built into the edge of a rice paddy, mediating between paddy and land.

Since the environment is greatly affected by humidity, the seasons, and physical/economic access to building materials, three divisions of structure were chosen. Permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary forms, made from stone, metal, and bamboo, respectively, allow the building to decay and be replaced in cyclical increments of time.

Project Team

Angel Steger, Do Ryeol Kim, and Yu Morishita
Critic: Lynette Widder

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View of the site model from the paddy side. The outer veranda provides a communal gathering place with shelter from the elements. The model's partially-built roof shows the structural layers. Lapped bamboo provides the final layer, and the slanted roof drains rainwater back into the paddy.
Front entry to the research center. Ramp leads up to veranda that runs around 3 sides of the building.
3/4 view to the research center. Interior rooms include a lab space, residence, and bathroom.
View of interior of the building. Thicker carboard walls indicate the permanent part of the structure made of stone. Horizontal tubes in some of the walls provide ventilation and hold plumbing and electricity.
Overhead view shows the thicker permanent walls and the thinner, semipermanent structural elements. The veranda connects directy to the paddy retaining wall as a way of connecting existing human paths.
Earlier plan drawing of the building shows the veranda intersecting with the paddy.
Section drawing of building connection to the paddy, stone structural elements, and bamboo flooring, walls and roof.
Wall sections showing orientation of bamboo and pipes for running plumbing and electricity.
Early sketches for plan and section.