Caizhai Village is a traditional mountain village built along both banks of a river over the past two hundred years. The village has always been known for its best tofu production in the county region. But the products from the traditional family workshops could not fit into current food certificate standards to be able to sell in supermarket.
▼蔡宅村场地环境，context of Caizhai Village ©王子凌
▼项目概览，project overall view ©王子凌
▼剖面透视图，sectional perspective ©DnA建筑事务所
A new factory is programmed on a linear slope following the river by the village entrance, as a village collective economic entity on both on soybean supply and a villager union on tofu products, to upgrade the traditional tofu production. The villager union operates the factory to engage family workshops as shareholders of this collective economic entity. In this way, the villagers are the immediate beneficiary and many farmers join the unions as well.
▼建筑顺着地形原有的趋势，从村口绵延向上，the new factory is programmed on a linear slope following the river by the village entrance ©王子凌
The building volume is spreading along the slope by six production functions: preparation room, grinding compartment, boiling compartment, deep-frying compartment, drying compartment, and tasting hall.
All the production spaces are designed and equipped to upgrade traditional tofu products fitting with food certificate requirements. This will allow the tofu products to sell in city supermarkets and to increase the village economic revenue.
▼生产空间，production spaces ©王子凌
▼通廊光影，walkway light changing ©姜晓东
A covered walkway for visitors takes the steps up to observe the traditional tofu making process in sequence, and finally arrive at the tasting hall facing an open plaza to the south and the historical village fabric across the river. Assembly timber structure system is applied to the building as a modern production factory and also creates a dialogue with the vernacular “tenon & mortis” wooden structure in old farm houses in the village.
▼通廊，the covered walkway ©王子凌
▼游客可以顺着楼梯按顺序观看到豆腐制作的整个过程，visitors can take the steps up to observe the traditional tofu making process in sequence ©王子凌
▼品尝区，tasting hall ©王子凌
The factory is both production and exhibition space of traditional heritage for Caizhai village, and has already welcomed groups of primary school students to experience traditional tofu making.
▼工坊空间，interior view ©王子凌
▼建筑外观局部，exterior partial view ©王子凌
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©DnA建筑事务所
设计单位：北京DnA_ Design and Architecture建筑事务所
建筑面积: 1211 m2
占地面积: 1211 m2
Project Name: Tofu Factory
Location: Caizhai Village, Dadongba Town, Songyang County, Lishui, Zhejiang Province, China
Client: Economic Cooperation Limited of Caizhai Village, Dadongba Town, Songyang County
Architecture Design: DnA_ Design and Architecture
Principle Architect: Xu Tiantian
Lighting Design: Zhang Xin Studio, Architecture Department of Tsinghua University
Structure System: Assembly Timber Structure
Gross Floor Area: 1211 m2
Building Foot Print: 1211 m2
Design Period: 2017.08-2017.12
Construction Period: 2018.01-2018.12
Photographer: Wang Ziling, Jiang Xiaodong