Spring Gateway



Design development - Constructed
Studio: Martha Schwartz Partners
Engineer: Atelier One
Client: Shede Wine Co Ltd
Design Year 2017
Completion 2019
Studio: Martha Schwartz, Markus Jatsch, Cristina Morbi
Project Manager: Eike Selby, Xinli Du, Matthew Short
Gateway Designer: Cristina Morbi
Photographer: Art Network


The design for Tuopain Winery Gateway takes inspiration from the structure of a waterfall. 
The Baijiu wine produced by Tuopai winery has in essence in water: in this area of Chengdou a spring was discovered and allows the production of the most traditional Chinese wine. From the legend, to nowadays, water is the key element of the production. The Spring Gateway, with a cantilever structure, is support by cascade inspired columns. It allows the collection of the heavy rainwater of Chengdu province into the column, which is then directed to a central water channel, inspired by the Qing dynasty design. The terrine of the wine is reused to break and direct the water in a dynamic landscape.

Design of threshold in China. The legendary springs of Suining - Tuopai Winery - inspired the eleven cantilever columns of the Gateway design for Martha Schwartz Partners. The water column channel rainwater creating an incredible performance of natural unpredictability.

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