This block, in the reconstruction project of Zhongshan Road in Hangzhou, is a section of Strip plot between Zhongshan Middle Road and Guangfu Road, including historical reserved buildings, protected buildings, and renewal buildings. What was eventually formed was a very simple small house, but it went through an extremely complicated process. Since the beginning of the project, the long-term relocation problem and the ownership issue have made the original very comprehensive topic finally become a matter of embedding a long building in a narrow gap that has been dismantled.
The starting point of the design is a simple urban design proposal, that is, to increase the communication capillary as much as possible between Zhongshan Road and Guangfu Road. Despite the constant adjustment of the project, this principle has always been persisted. The specific construction site will not be officially determined until the moment of the start of construction. On the north side of the site are two old office buildings, and on the south are old wooden houses that have been left behind due to refusal to relocate.
In such a process of uncertainty, the focus is neither on the functional use of the building, nor on social issues, but on how to repair the urban texture as much as possible, and quickly integrate it into such a new and old space situation.
Due to the requirement of volume ratio, the project can only choose to follow the volume of the old office building on the north side of the site, and be ventilated and lighted from the south side of the base. The low wooden roof will naturally become an archeological urban landscape.
In order to integrate this long building into this group as soon as possible, the surface material selection follows the cement-painted wall surface of the old office building on the north side, but in a different way. This comes from what is commonly observed in the old city blocks: The mottled texture left behind by the peeling of the bricks on the walls. Therefore, the interior and exterior walls of the building are covered with extremely cheap clinker tiles. After they are condensed, they are knocked down and coated with protective paint. It provides a more historical form of architecture that is cheaper and easier to operate than most walls.