Structural Design: Li Ding
Electronic Design: Wang Xiaoxue
HVAC Design: Wang Huai
Plumbing Design: Zhou Jinqiu
Design Duration: From July to October, 2020
Construction Duration: From November to December, 2020
The project is located at 2900 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, as part of the Xuhui District public opening space developments and the Shui’an Hui public services. Our project aims to modify and soften the current site, as well as to emphasize the connections between the building and open spaces, creating one more public space for the Xuhui riverside area in terms of ordinary everyday life.
The client wants to maintain the original building area and the three differentiated spaces in terms of this regeneration project, energizing existing forgotten spaces and developing more associated functions, as well as the surroundings, to better the site’s accessibility and citizens’ everyday life. Combining the client’s demands and the three major issues defined by the site investigation and our observations and understandings of ordinary everyday life, we have developed three associated design approaches for this project to adjust the negative influences of the current site upon the dynamic riverside area, making it closer to the public everyday life and creating positive impacts for following usages of the site.
Soften the Site and Modify the Circulations Paired with the management requirements of municipal facilities, the project opens part of the eastern enclosed barriers with the maintenance of original flood-control elevation, especially those right to the northern public service space, re-connecting the two separated circulations at two different levels. Also, the project lifts the whole site to make it more accessible in terms of its original western entrance/exit. Therefore, the previously stuck public circulations can flow throughout both the site itself and its surroundings. Citizens have more flexibility, and more site-based functional demands could be satisfied, as well as the northern public service space. From this point of view, the regenerated site is able to meet a variety of public socio-cultural scenes.
Re-organize the Building and Develop More Publicity The project re-organizes the existing two narrowed corridors, moving the western one to the east for a combined wider semi-public corridor without changing the original building area to facing the Huangpu River, but solving the two negative spaces. Accordingly, the wider corridor could not only make the circulation more efficient but also meet the needs of more ordinary everyday life. Noting more and more people will be visiting this site, the project also re-organizes the middle public restroom. The semi-corridor is equipped with movable panels to weaken the boundary between interiors and exteriors, and also to provide the public with sightseeing frames to enjoy the great landscape of the Huangpu River. Additionally, the project replaces the glass barriers with metal-perforated mesh panels and adjacent stools and mesa side tables for the public to rest, chat, and enjoy the cool wind and fantastic sceneries.
Abstract Expressions and the Long-lost Vitality The project redesigns the facade of the existing building to bring the three distinctive languages into one. With the existing outer structures and the development consideration of the Xuhui Riverside Area in general, the project envelops the three volumes with an abstract and de-symbolized facade to make the building more recognizable, thus, bringing back more visitors and the associated long-lost vitality. In addition, the abstract pattern language and the reasonable curve make the building a breath one and the site a vital public space. At night, the particular lighting design distinguishes the building with the help of its facade patterns.