Last Century, numerous bankers, merchant,capitalist built warehouses, trade wharf alone Suzhou River and it had become the logistics center of Shanghai because of its transportation.
Spaces with high ceiling, early built factories, LOFT with unique cultures are always the places where artists, design firms, media industry located. At present, both sides of Suzhou River is undergoing Art, Culture and Creation revival . Many historical architectures alone Suzhou River hade been renovated successfully such as M50, the 1933 and Sixing Warehouse.
This studio located at the intersection of North Suzhou Road and Gansu Road and it falls under the ownership of Overseas Chinese Town. The studio was built in 1931 as Shanghai Yihe Packaging factory.
Project is located at the top floor of the three-story building which has distinct viewpoint. We designed two different skylights for abat-vent in order to bring scene of Suzhou River into interior. Also, we designed dormer window vertically so people in LOFT could enjoy the sight of the river closely.
Originally, the building was opened widely. We repaired certain parts of the old building in case of safety problems. We removed Wood floor slab on both sides and added emergency staircases to meet the fire protection codes. However, we reused the wood structure that had been dismantled as decoration in the studio. We divided spaced into several parts according to different functions. After discussed with Yan peiming and Liu Xiaodong, we implanted two living zones into the space. Daily life happens within the zones. Lower spaces include Kitchens, bathrooms, guestrooms, study rooms are painted in dark gray. Three white bedrooms are arranged at interlayer and connected by steel stair. All wood structure on ceiling had been preserved. The well designed bathrooms with bedrooms are suspended because the limit of abat-vent. Bottom floor are used as exhibition.
Site Address: Suzhou River, Shanghai, China
Gross square footage: 2,000sqm
Materials: Steel plate with antique finish, Emulsion Paint, artificial stone, volcanic rock
Interior Designer: Fan Jijing, Fang Lei, Li Qiang , Ge Chengyun, Sun Yu
Design Firm: The One House (Shanghai) Interior Design,Ltd