Make Architects announces first completed building in Mainland China

International architectural practice Make Architects announced the completion of its first building in Mainland China, a pavilion in Weihai. The Weihai Pavilion is situated on a new island of reclaimed land in Weihai, on the northern coast of China’s Shandong Peninsula.

Make Architects gained international recognition with 42 international awards and has completed 21 built schemes across the globe. In 2008, Make opened its Beijing studio to contribute to the development of China’s architecture and design industry. Make also has a studio in Hong Kong. John Puttick leads the Beijing studio.

The Weihai Pavilion, measuring 5,380 square feet, encloses an exhibition space for a new high-end residential development planned for the island. It is the first structure to be completed on the island, and is designed to make the most of the seafront location. The structure provides a reception area and information hub, and will also serve as an event space in the future.

Simon Lincoln was Make Architects’ project architect for the Weihai Pavilion.

To reduce the property’s environmental impact, the pavilion is only glazed on one elevation, this is where it is necessary to have uninterrupted views, while the rest of the structure is solid. The glazed facade allows natural light into the main space while the roof takes the form of a metal arch to provide shade for the building.

Weihai Pavilion (Photo courtesy of Make Architects)


The design also complements the seafront location with an asymmetrical crescent form, which engages with and responds to both the seascape and the urban setting.

The pavilion’s convex curve is fully glazed to provide a flood of natural daylight to the interior space, and offers 180 degree views of the surrounding coastline and sea. The building faces out-to-sea with the main glass wall facing south-east, to maximize natural light from the morning sun, while protecting the interior space from the western sun in the afternoon. The over-sailing roof gives the building its form, and provides shaded coverage for the building and terrace.

Weihai Pavilion (Photo courtesy of Make Architects)

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