Wan’an County, located in the south-central part of Jiangxi Province, has a long history and rich production. With the urbanisation of the county as an important carrier entering a rapid stage, Wan’an County, like millions of ordinary counties, is facing a variety of problems such as lack of urban branding power, serious population loss and limited industrial innovation and development. As one of the “Top Ten Gan Cuisine”, “Wan’an Fish Head” has a long history and excellent quality, and is well known in Jiangxi Province and beyond.
▼项目概览，Overall view © 章鱼见筑
In the context of the national urban renewal initiative in the new era, how to create the “Wan’an Fish Head” urban cultural IP, leading the development of urbanisation in Wan’an County. As the chief planner of the project, Mr. Peng Lixiao proposed to take Wan’an Shakou Tang as the launch area of Wan’an urban renewal, to empower the “Wan’an Fish Head” with masterpieces, to activate the value of space, and to invite renowned designer Professor Zhang Hai’ao to create an “edible Wan’an Fish Culture Museum. The “eatable Wanan Fish Culture Hall” was created by inviting renowned designer Professor Zhang Haixiao. It will be a place to pass on the culture of Wan’an County, to promote its authentic cuisine, and to promote the economic development of Wan’an and create a cultural card for the county.
▼诗意的日常，The poetry of daily life ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
The venue is located within the 18 ponds of the Beimen River in Wanan County, a small mountain village with a very beautiful ecological environment, far from pollution. The owner has been asked to build a pavilion on the eighteen ponds of the Beimen River to tell the story of Wan’an’s fish culture. The difference from traditional cultural buildings is not only in the display scenes, but also as a place of activity that rejuvenates the community, incorporating the needs of use and a place for urban living room activities, which is the redefinition of this project. In today’s fast-growing cities, the restaurant has become an important place to link people’s emotions, and the fireworks that are linked by the phrase “food for the people” are concentrated in the restaurant, while at the same time, it addresses the social issue of the work needs of migrant workers and becomes an important part of the city’s diversity and vitality.
▼万安鱼文化馆建成后照片，Project aerial view © 章鱼见筑
▼建筑外观，Exterior view © 章鱼见筑
Constancy: Fish and Wan’an
In 1127, the Jin Army invaded the Central Plains and the Song royal family fled south. Empress Dowager Longyu fled to Wan ‘an Lake ostomy wall. Shang Shu from Wan ‘an lake fishing a fat head fish cooking soup to the Empress Dowager Longyu solution hunger, after the praise of its delicious, Jinkou Yu gave it as “Wan ‘an fish head”. This is the famous allusion of fish and Wan ‘an, thus “Wan ‘an fish head” became famous all over the world.
Into the Wan ‘an County Shikoutang Wetland Park, the pool water is green, green plants, now is a set of ecology, leisure, history and culture as one of the comprehensive park. Different from the general park, the park has a relatively dense urban residential. Life here is relaxed and everyday. Residents can walk, run, cycle or enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in a tree-lined environment. The park also has various facilities such as basketball court, swimming pool and fitness equipment. So you can always hear the laughter of children in every corner of the park, a picture of a peaceful and beautiful life as if you can see here. Wan ‘an Fish Cultural Center is in it. It is like a silver carp and bighead carp standing quietly on the edge of the pond. The graceful ridge line shows the dynamic, smart and harmonious jumping about, connecting the relationship between Wan ‘an and silver carp and bighead carp. Night lights it is like a koi like to guard the lights here.
▼北门河十八口塘原始场地，Original site ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼概念生成图，Design process ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
The design inspiration takes Wan An fish head — silver carp and bighead carp as the original shape extraction elements. The ridge line adopts the active and beautiful dynamic line of silver carp and bighead carp in the water. The shaped slope roof spread out on both sides is divided into countless triangles by parametric modeling.
▼场地鸟瞰，Aerial view © 章鱼见筑
▼屋脊线采取了鲢鳙在水中活跃优美的动态线条，The ridge line adopts the active and beautiful dynamic line of silver carp in the water © 章鱼见筑
▼深灰色金属铝板屋顶，Dark grey aluminum roof © 章鱼见筑
Integration: Fish and wetlands
After continuous transformation, Shiguotang Area is now full of new vitality and has become a comprehensive park integrating ecology, leisure, history and culture, a good place for Wan ‘an residents to play and rest daily and a new “Internet celebrity” punching in.
Therefore, the construction needs to fully consider the protection and utilization of wetland, in order to achieve a harmonious symbiosis with nature. Therefore, the integration of architecture and environment needs to be greatly reflected without affecting the existing wetland landscape. For this reason, the landscape design fully considers the relationship between the wetland and the building. The building uses dark gray metal as the main material of the roof, which is not obtruding but characteristic from a distance. It is well integrated with the wetland landscape of Shibatangkou, just like a silver carp and bighead carp that roosts in Shibatangkou.
▼湿地景观分析图，Diagram – wetland ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼建筑木模型，Timber model ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼万安鱼文化馆鸟瞰照片，Aerial view © 章鱼见筑
The construction of the landscape walk around the building connecting road, for the surrounding children and the elderly to provide a place for public activities, the pond water and flowing people to give a continuous vitality to the Wan ‘an Fish Culture Center.
▼景观步道连通道路，The landscaped walk © 章鱼见筑
Nearby: Fish and people
After the completion of Wan ‘an Fish Culture Center, the surrounding residents and children poured in, or riding bicycles, walking, playing, taking photos and punching in. It quickly became a favorite place for leisure activities and a platform for communication and interaction. The landmark of the building also adds a new city landmark to Wan ‘an, constantly attracting more people from all over the world to come to clock in. At the same time, the completion of Wan ‘an Fish Culture Center has enriched the cultural connotation of the city of Wan ‘an, showing the charm and characteristics of the local fish culture, providing tourists and citizens with an opportunity to understand the fish culture and knowledge. Finally, the completion of the fish culture Pavilion is also an important symbol of the development of Wan ‘an city, which can improve the image and competitiveness of the city, and further promote the economic and social development of the city.
▼建筑外沿空间，Outdoor space © 章鱼见筑
▼水岸视角，Waterfront view © 章鱼见筑
▼跑道，Runway © 章鱼见筑
▼屋檐近景，Close-up view to the eaves © 章鱼见筑
▼结构柱近景，Structural coloumns © 章鱼见筑
▼建成照片，Constructed view © 章鱼见筑
The fish culture exhibition hall mainly takes fresh and natural as the theme, with fish as the main display content, fully displaying the extensive and profound Marine culture. The background wall of the exhibition hall uses a large area of blue and green tones to create an ocean atmosphere, making people feel as if they are in the sea. The background wall is a whole bionic aquarium connected by one floor and two floors, which shows the living conditions of different kinds of fish in the water, making people more intuitive to understand the ecological habits of fish. In the atrium of the exhibition area, the bionic fish chandelier is adopted to increase the immersive atmosphere. In addition, the 360-degree rotating grand staircase of the exhibition hall has a very artistic atmosphere, which is suitable for staying to take photos and punch in the clock. The design of the whole exhibition hall is simple and bright, and the color collocation is coordinated, which can let people fully feel the beauty and mystery of the sea, and play a positive role in the inheritance and publicity of Marine culture.
▼室内展厅轴侧图，Indoor exhibition space axon ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼室内展厅效果图，Exhibition hall ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼室内主题餐厅轴侧图，Dining room axon ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼室内主题餐厅效果图，Dining room ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
Materialization: The structure of fish
▼构造生成动图，Structure diagram ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
The material of the roof is dark gray metal aluminum plate. After comparison of multiple versions in parametric modeling, triangles are selected as countless section units, making the whole roof surface as smooth and bright as fish scale texture. The internal support is arranged like a fish-skeleton structure, and the outer circle of wood steel columns of varying thickness makes the whole building seem invisible in the dense forest. The material application and structural support of the roof are closely related to silver carp and bighead carp. The final effect is also well integrated with the ecological nature of wetland landscape.
▼傍晚鸟瞰，Aerial view in the evening © 章鱼见筑
▼屋顶构造图，Roof structure ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
▼构造节点，Structure detail ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室
Project name: Wan ‘an Shikoutang Fish Culture Center
Project type: Building, interior
Location: Shibakoutang, Beimen River, Wan ‘an County, Ji ‘an City, Jiangxi Province
Construction by: Wan ‘an County Tourism Development Co., LTD
Project Manager: Urban Renewal (Beijing) Holding Group (CBC Architecture Center)
List of planning team: Peng Lixiao, Liu Qing, Wei Xuan, Hou Huihui, Pu Guofeng
Design by:Oumoumou Studio, SJTU
Lead Architects: Zhang Haiao, Xu Hang, Li Di
List of project design team: Pan Wenqi, Li Jinhai, Zhang Minghui, Wu Changlong
Construction unit: Shenzhen Yiyue Construction Group Co., LTD
General construction and technical leader of the project: Ye Quanjun
Construction team: Lai Xinhong, He Qianbao, Yin Zongping, Lei Zhongwen, Yang Yang
Completed status: Completed
Design time: 2022.7-2022.9
Construction time: 2022.9-2023.4
Floor area: 1,518.26 square meters
Floor area: 1650.66 square meters
Photographer: Octopus See building