"Resembles a traditional farmhouse or industrial shed, but its textured concrete façades and adjacent sunken courtyard are characteristically cloaked with sociopolitical metaphor...'.'accelerating modernization has literally stripped away the foundation of traditional society.” ["Archeological Archive," Jinhua Architecture Park | Ai Weiwei]
The existing buildings themselves were classic mid-century LA industrial sheds, with beautiful wood roofs and bow-string trusses. Our approach was simply to expose as much of the base buildings as possible, leaving no doubt as to what was old and what was new. We used rigid insulation on the exterior of the roof, in order to keep the curved wood planking visible from the interior.