This project is located in Pudong New District on the east side of Shanghai’s Huangpu River. The neighborhood, Zhangjiang High-Technology Park, is home to some of China’s largest IT companies, most dynamic start-ups, and several research facilities. Although this industry has earned the area the title of ‘China’s Silicon Valley’, the streets empty at the end of every work day. This was the context for the project: what began as the defunct Long Dong Business Hotel, originally built in an older style as part of a larger complex, would become a space to bridge the gap between office life and leisure.
▼一个集合居住、办公与零售商业的城市综合体，an urban complex integrating living, working and retailing spaces
▼立面细部，detail of the facade
With no options for recreation, MASS DESIGN set out to create community in an area where there was none. By exploring the interplay between connection and permeability, MASS DESIGN reprogrammed the former hotel to renegotiate the boundaries of public and private space, mimicking the layers of a traditional urban environment. Retail and F&B occupy the ground floor and open plan offices the second, followed by 24 SOHO units on the three upper floors and 60 apartment units on the top three floors. Common spaces enhance interaction and sense of community, including a gym, meeting rooms, game room, reading room, video room, and shared kitchen and dining with a rooftop terrace for events like barbecues or other social gatherings.
▼SOHO户型提供了在家办公的需要，SOHO apartments provide spaces for working at home
The building’s previous incarnation as a hotel had sorely lacked natural light. Its small and cramped atrium and long, narrow corridors made for dark and uninviting space. Working within the existing constraints of form and construction, MASS DESIGN sought to achieve a relationship between inhabitant and building, function and context. To allow in more natural light, the structure was altered to create a larger central atrium. MASS DESIGN programmed openings as large as possible, cleaned the building of all excess, and created additional spaces to gather and interact.
▼玻璃砖作为公寓单元的里外分隔墙，将中庭的自然光线引至公寓内部，the glass brick walls divide the apartments and the corridor, while bringing natural light into the atrium
The same desire for interplay between public and private spaces inspires design decisions for the SOHO and apartment units. Spaces intended for communal use such as the living room, dining room and SOHO working spaces are oriented towards the atrium. Through the translucent glass brick used in the walls, those outside are able to glimpse the scenes of life lived out within. Moreover, units are organized around a centrally-placed wooden box with sliding doors. The effect are social spaces filled with as much natural light as possible. The wooden box is also elevated 400 mm above the floor of the apartment in order to create different spatial atmospheres, enhance division between semi-private and private spaces, and create additional storage space.
▼带有滑动门的“木盒子”形成室内的空间界限，units are organized around a centrally-placed wooden box with sliding doors
▼“木盒子”本身兼顾了储物需求，the wooden box creates additional storage space
Glass brick wraps through the atrium and corridors to bring in more natural light while at the same time creating a sense of scale and rhythm. Terrazzo and wood are incorporated throughout the project in order to ground the building in a local context, and imbue the space with the emotion of human scale.
▼平面图1，floor plan 1
▼平面图2，floor plan 2
▼公寓平面及剖面轴测，apartment plan and section
▼SOHO平面及剖面轴测，SOHO plan and section
▼单人间平面及剖面轴测，studio plan and section
设计公司：MASS DESIGN 上海迈石建筑设计有限公司
主创设计师：Borja Trujillo, Goran Kordic
摄影师：Victor Marvillet, 夏宇
Architect Firm: MASS DESIGN
Lead Architects: Borja Trujillo, Goran Kordic
Design Team: Shifeng Jin, Weishan Ma, Pengfei Wang
Photographer: Victor Marvillet, Yu Xia
Location: Building 3, 3000 Longdong Avenue, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Date completed: 2016