Location: Yuanxiang Lake, Jiading District, Shanghai Design: 2011.09 Completion: 2011.12 Building area: 450 ㎡
The Yuanxiang Lake Park was created for public leisure needs and to provide natural spaces for the high-density city in the rapid development. For the project, the client wanted to build a small management office on the edge of the park. Since the final purpose of it has not yet been determined, its project name was simply recorded as No.D. The project included three proposed functions: park management offices, public toilets, garbage stations, and a small teahouse for rest.
The project was defined as a sketch building. Its center is a small space with a relatively limited perimeter. The three proposed functional spaces are respectively specified on the scale of 50, 250, 130 square meters. Each functional space is further refined into more building blocks, not only to form a relatively abundant spatial composition relationship but also to prevent the small site from being monotonous.
The void in the wall facilitates visual communications between the interior and exterior of the courtyard, providing a relatively comfortable and pleasant environment for visitors in the teahouse. The gap between the courtyard wall and the building is filled with water. The lotus pond, which could self-grow and self-regenerate rapidly, will also act as a visual focus. Correspondingly, the viewing window of the building was set to be lowered than a strip. The window was only 1.4 meters above the ground, framing a dynamic lotus image. It is expected that in a broader landscape, the park would provide a small natural environment with distance in time and space.