The renovation of the public space of Party School of Chengdu Chenghua District Committee of C.P.C. is an experiment by Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS) on a “light renovation” through image. Interpreted in professional terms, “light renovation” means to renovate the space with some “soft decoration”. A light renovation usually requires less time, simpler construction, and manageable cost. But the result of such a renovation shall not be “light”. It shall transforms the space significantly in order to impress those who have been used to dramatic visual effects. In terms of light renovation, DAS finds that combining image and space is one of the most effective approaches.
▼大厅全景，overview ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
图像 | Image
Finding a big surface is the most important premise when using image to renovate a space so that a large image can be presented. “Bigness” is the precondition to everything. Regardless to city, architecture, or art, “being big” has natural advantage. Locating the largest continuous surface in a space is the most obvious starting point for an image-oriented renovation. Chenghua Party School is located on the top floor of an office building. Although the semicircle vault looks simple, it is a classical spatial prototype. The most eye-catching wall is the semicircle gable wall. When it gets a total transformation with the cover of the image, the ambiance of the whole space is almost completed.
▼大厅，采用半圆形的采光拱顶，半圆形山墙上覆盖着壁画，the hall with the semicircle vault and the semicircle gable wall covered by the mural ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼壁画与中庭玻璃顶，the mural and the glass roof of the atrium ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼半圆形山墙上的壁画局部，partial view of the mural on the semicircle gable wall ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼壁画局部，partial view of the mural ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
光 | Light
In fact, the largest surface inside the public space of the Party School is the glass roof of the atrium. There is a badminton court underneath for another office in the building which is also often used by the Party School for temporary exhibitions, conferences and teaching activities. With this largest surface, DAS uses the image to cover the glass roof, turning the regular glass into some “stained glass” with printed glass film.
▼从楼下看向中庭玻璃顶，用图像覆盖玻璃顶，用玻璃贴膜将普通玻璃变为“彩色玻璃”，viewing the glass roof of the atrium from bottom, using the image to cover the glass roof, turning the regular glass into some “stained glass” with printed glass film ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼大厅楼下的展览区域，阴沉的天光透过彩色玻璃变得五颜六色，使空间的氛围立刻有了活力，the exhibition space under the glass roof, the daylight gets colorful through the image-covered glass roof, lighting up the space ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼阳光下的中庭玻璃顶，在墙面和地面投射出五彩斑斓的光影，the glass roof in the sunlight, projecting multicolored shadow onto the wall and floor ©成华党校
▼中庭玻璃顶局部，partial view of the glass roof of the atrium ©成华党校（左）， ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋（右）
It is often overcast in the city of Chengdu. When the daylight gets colorful through the image-covered glass roof, it suddenly lights up the space. When it occasionally gets sunny, the light still remains strong through the glass and projects multicolored shadow onto the wall and floor, creating dramatic highlights for the original plain space. As the night falls, the light from downstairs turns the atrium roof into a colorful pond, bringing people some relief after a long day of work.
▼傍晚时分的大厅全景，overview of the hall at dusk ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
▼傍晚时分的大厅，楼下的灯光穿过“彩色玻璃”映入楼上时，党校的中央仿佛突然变成了五彩缤纷的池塘，the hall at dusk, the light from downstairs turns the atrium roof into a colorful pond ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
影壁 | Screen Wall
There is a screen wall at the main entrance of Chenghua Party School. Many party schools will showcase the slogan “Seek Truth from Facts” on such a wall. But in Chenghua’s case, the low ceiling and dark space at the entrance are not ideal for such a display. So DAS chose to use a light box with lenticular print as the alternative design.
▼入口处光栅板影壁，传统的标语影壁被 “光栅板变画灯箱”代替，the screen wall at the entrance, using a light box with lenticular print as the alternative design ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
After the installation, the light box is particularly attractive at the entrance and becomes a highlight in the space of the Party School. The ever-changing images following people’s movements adds a refreshing effect to the screen wall, which provides a unique “walking experience” to the students of the Party School at their class breaks.
▼入口处看向大厅，viewing the hall from the entrance ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
图像生产 | Production of Image
▼光栅板图像1：工厂厂房，image 1 embedded into the lenticular board: Factory Workshop ©绘造社
▼光栅板图像2：工厂构筑物，image 2 embedded into the lenticular board: Factory Structures ©绘造社
▼光栅板图像3：工厂宿舍区，image 3 embedded into the lenticular board: Factory Dormitory ©绘造社
After planning the areas in which the images will be applied, the remaining work for the project is to create the content of the images. Chenghua District is an old industrial base in Chengdu. Its former glory reflects on those still standing giant factory structures. Its confusion after industrial transformation shows on those dilapidated building façades. Its hopes rely on those renovation and redevelopment of the factories.
Maximum 3 images can be embedded into one piece of lenticular board. So, DAS created 3 panoramic drawings to represent three different aspects of the factory. The first drawing Factory Workshop represents the most typical workshop with framework structure. It is the prototype of all the factory workshops and can be developed into all kinds of factory buildings. The second drawing Factory Structures depicts those iconic factory structures like chimney, water tower, covered bridge, and etc. which are some most impressive memories about factory. The third drawing Factory Dormitory portrays the residential area of the factory. Recent renovation has brought new life to those old apartments.
▼三张画又被进行了一次拼贴组合，形成了圆拱墙上的主画面，the 3 drawings are then collaged and organized into one piece as for the mural image on the semicircle gable wall ©绘造社
▼主画面再进行简化，形成玻璃顶贴膜图案，its simplified version becomes the image for the glass roof ©绘造社
轻与重 | Light & Heavy
The light renovation for Chenghua Party School only took two months from design to completion of the construction, which determines that it was a light and quick process. But as for a special space – party school, DAS tries to break the spatial routine of a party school by combining the contemporary urban art with the politically-minded education space, which is also a heavy (serious) subject.
▼入口处看向大厅，viewing the hall from the entrance ©王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
设计团队：李涵 / 胡妍 / 张欣桐 / 章霍莹 / 袁楚阳 / 王启冉 / 陈茁 / 王鹏飞 / 彭泽慧 / 邱丽君 麦思琪 / 易彦淇 / 曲彦成 / 罗元佳 / 马舒媛 / 刘媛卉 / 李歌子 / 李凤铭
摄影师：王洪跃 / 鲁雯泋
Design Team: Li Han / Hu Yan / Zhang Xintong / Zhang Huoying / Yuan Chuyang / Wang Qiran / Chen Zhuo / Wang Pengfei / Peng Zehui / Qiu Lijun / Mai Siqi / Yi Yanqi / Qu Yancheng / Luo Yuanjia / Ma Shuyuan / Liu Yuanhui / Li Gezi / Li Fengming
Year of Design / Completion: 2019
Photography: Wang Hongyue / Lu Wenhui