Memories of Sericulture
Xu Shu Guan has been an important town in Jiangnan since ancient times. It is located in the northwest of Suzhou City, and the northeast foot of Nanyang Mountain. Some literature in the Republic of China once recorded the phenomenon that every family planted mulberry and raised silkworms in Xu Shu Guan at that time. By 1909, Jiangsu Provincial Women’s Sericulture School was founded in Xu Shu Guan. Later, it was restructured into Jiangsu Silk Industry School. At that time, mulberry cultivation, silkworm breeding and silk weaving were brilliant in the whole country.
▼项目概览，overview © 秦伟
However, in the long history, the Silk Industry School, which played an important role in modern sericulture silk production, was eventually merged into Soochow University. So far silk production has declined in Xu Shu Guan. In this context, we decided to design a cultural and sports center for Xu Shu Guan that reflects its glorious silk era. Through the translation and reconstruction of architectural space, materials and technology, the architecture integrating with the urban landscape and human emotion, makes up the lost history of Xu Shu Guan.
▼建筑正立面，the front facade ©中衡设计
▼形似丝绸的外表皮，the skin flowing like silk ©中衡设计
The Dialogue between Memory and Modernity
The architects design a flexible, silk-like outer layer for the cultural and sports center, which connects two separate buildings and creates a public open space in the middle. The thin metal perforated plate as the main material of this layer of outer skin, describing the modern era of the Xu Shu Guan Economic Development Zone. Flexible shape, fine and light texture is not difficult to remind people of the famous Xu Shu Guan silk. Modernity and locality seek a balance here, and become readable and identifiable things in the mutual care of the urban context.
▼建筑入口，the entrance © 秦伟
▼富有韵律感的造型，the rhythmic structure © 秦伟
▼朝向不同方向的楼梯，stairs facing different directions © 秦伟
▼二层的开放平台，the open platform on the second floor © 秦伟
The Precipitation of Community and Emotion
In ancient Greek urban planning, public open spaces were always constructed first. They should be leveled and paved, and then filled with public buildings, temples, culinary facilities and shops. Similarly, the public space on the second floor of the Cultural and Sports Center, which is aggregated by the soft outer skin, not only gives the community an aesthetic appeal, but also gives people an unimpeded place for daily interaction and community activities. Far from being occupied by a technological base or a beautiful vehicle for commercial activity, it is an “Old Market of Athens” that genuinely cares about the emotions of its citizens, invites them to participate, interact in open spaces and cultivate the culture of community.
▼看向二层公共空间，view of the public space on the second floor © 秦伟
▼柔韧的造型让人联想到浒墅关丝绸，flexible shape reminding people of the Xu Shu Guan silk © 秦伟
▼开放中庭，the central atrium © 秦伟
Structure is Art
The hidden aesthetics in the experience of indoor venues also reflects the cultural cognition and interest of designers. Considering the integration of roof structural stress parts and architectural forms, the contradiction between aesthetic interest and construction concept is hidden in the completion effect of the building. Under the tube truss, a light opening is formed to coordinate the design of the overall structure strengthening and lighting energy-saving performance optimization, and guide users to enjoy the sky scenery through a unique perspective.
▼游泳馆，natatorium © 秦伟
▼夜景，night view © 秦伟
▼点亮的屋顶采光口，night view, the lightening skylight © 秦伟
▼总平面图，the site plan © 中衡设计
▼一层平面图，the first floor plan © 中衡设计
▼二层平面图，the second floor plan © 中衡设计
▼三层平面图，the third floor plan ©中衡设计
项目设计 & 完成年份：2016,2018