sako architects: cube tube
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mar 15, 2012
sako architects: cube tube


‘cube tube’ by sako architects, jinhua, china
image © misae hiromatsu
all images courtesy of sako architects

within the economic development zone of jinhua, china, the ‘cube tube’ office and restaurant building by beijing and
tokyo-based practice sako architects creates a landmark for the area. contrasting the style of the existing context,
a fenestration pattern of varied squares surfaces the main cubic volume and adjacent linear block, generating their respective names,
‘cube’ and ‘tube’. the nine storey’s of the square structure are intersected with a vertical succession of criss-crossed corridors
which terminate as open-air terraces overlooking the landscape. the terminating ends of the pathways feature diversely
sized and proportioned rectangles to additional variation. the X-shaped configuration introduces light and breezes
into the internal core while allowing a divided working interior space with an airy atmosphere.

as visitors enter the main lobby, they are welcomed with a continuation of the external appearance, as the motif has influenced
and been applied to the ceilings, columns, walls and floor tiles. the exterior’s stainless steel curtain wall has been processed
with a grinder for its matte reflection. a grid with hundreds of trees surround the site.


entry to the cube building
image © misae hiromatsu


facade detail
image © misae hiromatsu


view of the interior through square window
image © misae hiromatsu


lobby
image © misae hiromatsu


ground level lobby
image © misae hiromatsu


cubic fenestration pattern
image © misae hiromatsu


view to the tree orchard
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path to the tube restaurant
image © misae hiromatsu


interior of the tube
image © misae hiromatsu


view from upper level
image © misae hiromatsu


open air terrace
image © misae hiromatsu


interior at night
image © misae hiromatsu


illuminated at dusk
image © misae hiromatsu


rendering
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site plan


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 2


section


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diagram of criss-crossed corridors

project info:

project name: cube tube in jinhua
project location: jinhua, china
architects: keiichiro sako, yoko fujii / sako architects, jiye zhang / sako architects
lighting design: masahide kakudate lighting architect & associates
client: 8 yong zhejiang highway engineering co., ltd.
element: office, restaurant
site area: 13,421m2
building area: 13,295m2
structure and material: reinforced concrete construction, aluminum wall, glass curtain wall
photography credit: misae hiromatsu

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