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 as two parts: a pre-1980s traditional sawtooth roofed factory house, and the surrounding masonry buildings as extensions. The proposal of the design is to seek strengthening and giving a clear differential value to the perimeter external facilities, in order to make possible of freeing of 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 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 to the permanent galleries for hosting and displaying the collections of Mr. Han Tianheng, one of the most important Chinese traditional calligrapher, painter, connoisseur and collector in Shanghai.
In order to integrate all these parts together, 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 of Han Tianheng Art Museum has an object of coordinating and integrating the new components clearly to the original structure, the purpose of which is to generate not only continuous and coherent spaces but also calm and carefully provide ambiance for the exhibited art pieces.