located in nanfan district of sanya, china, ‘sanya farm lab’ by CLOU architects, is a multi-functional exhibition and retail space. spanning 4000 sqm amid the southernmost city on tropical hainan island, the project takes shape as a four-storey structure focused on the modern organic agriculture display and development of lifestyles. the intricate system of voids fades away the traditional boundaries between nature and the city, allowing seamless coexistence among technology and life, maximizing visitors’ communication and interactions.CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in chinaall images courtesy of shining laboratory

 

 

CLOU architects sought to combine the climate features of the region, integrating its scientific and technological farming elements. as part of an exhibition center, the farm lab integrates high-tech displays such as agricultural robotics and indoor vertical farming, introducing a brand new farm-to-table experience. the project’s intention is to present the high-level technologies to the public in real-time, emphasizing the evolution of agricultural techs developed in society and education sectors.CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

 

 

the architects completed the architectural structure and internal layout into three phases, taking into consideration: platforms, staircases, and sun protection. in the beginning, they constructed the outdoor public space outlined with clear scales and rich levels responding to the four storeys’ functional massing. the cantilever on the second floor created a semi-outdoor rain shelter for the lower level that accommodates bar and restaurant areas and a playing outdoor public platform. CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

 

 

the second point of action was directed to the knitted outdoor public spaces combined with outdoor circulation. a sculptural spiral stair dominates the interior while huge stairs of the multi-functional theatre connect the indoor and outdoor areas, providing an easier transition through the spaces. last, they added a timber grid structure —inspired by the traditional house of hainan li nationality — ensuring transparency and visual interaction between the levels. furthermore, the grid helps natural light and ventilation to flow through the interior, reducing at the same time sunlight absorption by 70% and offers an open view towards the surrounding scenery.  CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

CLOU architects' farm lab is a timber grid-clad agricultural exhibition and retail space in china

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: sanya farm

architecture design: CLOU architects

design team leader: jan clostermann, lin li

design team: na zhao, sebastian loaiza, julien douillet, yaxi wang, tianshu liu, tiago tavares, principia wardhani, javier peláez, yiqiao zhao

construction drawings/mep/structure: urban architecture design co., ltd

façade consultant: china building technique group co., ltd.

interior design construction drawings: G-Aart design lighting consultant: fuzhou bovs lighting design co., ltd.

location: sanya, hainan island, china

construction area: 6,900 sqm (74,270.9 sqft)

status: completion in 2021

client: jinmao sanya nanfan rongmao real estate co., ltd.

photography: shining laboratory