Sanya Farm Lab, Sanya Shi, China


Sanya Farm Lab, Sanya Shi, China, project: CLOU architects


Published in l'Arca International 164



Sanya Farm Lab is a 4000 m2 4-storey exhibition space, located in Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island. The design focus of the project is to combine the climate characteristics of Sanya, integrate the regional scientific and technological agricultural elements, and create a multi-functional research compound and commercial display space.



The Farm Lab integrates and covering high-tech exhibitions such as agricultural robotics, indoor vertical farming, etc. It brings a brand new “farm-to-table” experience. The wish of the design is to present the advanced technologies in front of the public in real-time, highlighting the progress which agricultural techs made in lifestyle and education territory. And its key point is to blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, maximizing visitors’ communication and interactions inside and outside the architectural building. 

The architecture structure was developed into three steps: first, constructed outdoor public space. Set up an outdoor public space with clear scales and rich levels through strategically combining four storeys’ functional massing. The cantilever on the second floor created a semi-outdoor rain shelter for the first floor and a relaxing outdoor public platform for outside dining and children’s playing for the third floor.



Second, knitted outdoor public spaces together through outdoor circulation. Used a spiral stair and huge stairs of the multi-functional theatre to connect the indoor and outdoor, which made the flow more frequently to go outside and finally achieved the thorough connection.



Third, enhanced the comfort level of outdoor space. The 800MM deep roof grid structure reduced the sunlight absorption by 70%. It provided a shelter for the outdoor platform, and at the same time ensured natural ventilation and an open view. 


The grid structure is inspired by the traditional house of Hainan Li nationality, which is a modern performance of the long-established architecture context. 


Client: Jinmao Sanya Nanfan Rongmao Real Estate; Architecture Design/Interior Design Concept: CLOU architects; Design Team Leaders: 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; Façade Consultant: China Building Technique Group; Interior Design Construction Drawings: G-Aart design; Lighting Consultant: Fuzhou Bovs Lighting Design; Photo: Shining Laboratory.