In to land and out to sea

  • An exhibition space for a new residential development
  • An asymmetric flowing form
  • Our first completed work in China

As our first building in Mainland China, Weihai Pavilion is a milestone for Make Architects and testament to the talent in our studio.

John Puttick
Lead project architect, Make

Project Details

Location Weihai, China
Status Built 2012
Sectors Arts and culture, Interiors
Area 600m²/6,450ft²
Client China Resources Land Ltd

This pavilion is a marketing suite for a major residential development in the coastal city of Weihai, on China’s Shandong Peninsula. Located on a nearby reclaimed island, it’s an information hub and event venue in one – an exhibition space to introduce the beauty of the development to potential occupants.

We took our cues from the local geography, where urban and coastal surroundings meet, and designed a crescent form that engages both environments. The building is divided into two spaces by a curved spine wall. The concave side of the curve casts its sights inland, reflecting the city behind it, while the outer convex side – with its bar, meeting spaces, cinema and wraparound external terrace – gazes out to sea. The sturdy bamboo cladding of the dividing wall is a neat contrast to the Pavilion’s delicate flowing form.

This is a building with meeting at its heart – the momentary first encounter between the development and future residents, as well as the timeless meeting of land and sea.