Han Tianheng Art Museum is a project renovated from the Feilian Textile Mill, which is a preserved industry heritage in Jiading, a satellite town on the northwest of Shanghai. The textile mill enjoys a history of more than 70 years, it has been developed since the 1940s from a two-row small workshop to a big enterprise, occupying a site of 2 hectares.
The general layout of this textile mill can be distinguished into two parts: a pre-1980s traditional saw-tooth roofed factory house, and the surrounding masonry buildings as extensions. The proposed design sought to strengthen and give a clear differential value to the perimeter external facilities, freeing the central space, giving maximum flexibility to future adaptations of the functional program.
The most interesting part of the building is the one-story saw-tooth roofed factory, which has been successfully reinforced, and equipped with insulating glass and an AV system inside. Several gardens were inserted within the galleries for public exhibitions. The red tile roof could be enjoyed as the fifth elevation by visitors from the surrounding higher buildings. The northern part of the complex is a three-story high factory house. It was transformed into the permanent galleries for hosting and displaying the collections of Mr. Han Tianheng, one of the most important Chinese traditional calligraphers, painters, connoisseurs, and collectors in Shanghai.
To integrate all these parts, a new structure was designed and placed in between the original two parts as for the lobby. Working with the devious historic elements, the project aims to coordinate and integrate the new components clearly to the original structure, generating not only continuous and coherent spaces but also calm and carefully provided ambiance for the exhibited art pieces.