Red brick cladding is a popular choice for rustic-style exteriors but its instance in this building by Interval Architects bears a more in-depth meaning. The structure is situated in Hengshui, China and is the city's new botanic art center -- complete with an observational tower and a multitude of exhibition spaces. The site is surrounded by wetlands.
The new public destination occupies the space of an industrial building which was "abandoned following the introduction of legislation banning the firing of clay bricks." Shanghai-based studio Interval Architects sought out to subtly reference the building's history through a number of choices that considered form and material. One of these design decisions was the red brick cladding and another instance is contianed in the stoic observation tower that "recalls the kiln's landmark chimney."
Photo Credits: Zhi Geng
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