OCT Art Center
Zibo, Shandong, China
Zibo Art Center, an introverted experimental work, is located in an open area far away from the city. Its architectural form is conceived from the traditional Chinese academy-“Heyuan”, a central courtyard was surrounded by several houses.

This porous, eaves-out, and ring-shaped building with a huge roof overhang is related to the local culture and responds to the specific climate. It also highlights the publicity of the building. Under the environment of shade and rain, people can also do semi-outdoor activities.






The central courtyard, a void space, can be transformed into a gathering space especially for the opening of the exhibition. When it’s a rainy day, semi-outdoor activities are permitted in the corridor. The building is a sponge-like porous building, which can accommodate a large number of people, create a lot of shadows, achieve shading and shelter from rain, etc.




The architecture is simple and relatively rough with its material characters, such as concrete roof, masonry stone wall, and so on. The hyperboloid roof sags due to gravity in nature, which also brings good tension to space. Although people are in a seemingly rectangular and simple space, due to the change of the roof, the homogeneous space becomes very tense. Some places will be tight and some will be loose, reflecting the sense of movement and strength of the building. The roof is made of rough fair-faced concrete poured on site. The method of laying the walls is based on local rough masonry stone walls commonly used by locals, which is characteristic of northern China, especially in Shandong Province.









The creative thinking of Zibo Art Center is a profound experiment focusing on structural form and tectonic expressiveness. Like all my past works, while shaping porous, sponge architecture with wandering experience, it has always fascinated me to explore column-free, horizontally extended structural forms and tectonic expressiveness.


  • Design Year: 2019

    Completion Year: 2019-2020

    Area: 2,471sqm



    South of Lutai Avenue and east of Lushan Avenue,

    Zhangdian District, Zibo, Shandong, China


    Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design:

    Studio Zhu Pei


    Design Principal:

    Zhu Pei


    Design Team:

    Wilson Nugroho Markhono,

    Yina Luo Moore, You Changchen,

    Zhang Shun, Liu Yian,Ji Ming,

    Chen Yanhong,Liu Ling




  • Cooperative Design in Landscape:

    L&A Design


    Cooperative Design in Structural and MEP:

    Zibo Architecture Design and Research Institute


    Façade Consultant:

    King Glass Engineering CO., LTD.


    Lighting Consultant:

    Ning Field Lighting Design CO., LTD.



  • Client:

    Zibo OCT Group CO., LTD.


    General Contractor:

    Taixing No.1 Construction Group CO., LTD.


    Photography by Jin Weiqi, Xia Zhi

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