Site Original Situation
Situated right in the center of Songyang County, the Confusion Temple and Chenghuang Temple district has been a public activity center and spiritual center for Songyang people since the ancient time, which contains characterized buildings of different historical periods. However, this once spiritual and cultural center was deprived of vitality for decades due to environmental chaotic and business declining.
▼沿青云路剖面长卷，longitudinal section of Qingyun Road ©家琨建筑设计事务所
The architectural and environmental elements from different ages are precious traces of time, which have witnessed and shaped the functional evolution and life scenarios of this old city. When the transformation begins, how to deal with the relationship between the new and the old so that the former spiritual and cultural center will re-link contemporary life, becomes the focus of design.
This project aims to present a complete and continuous historical segment. It carefully evaluates conditions as well as accommodability of the existing buildings, and protects them correspondingly with hierarchical strategies, so that the remains of different time and space and the memory of the site can blend and coexist.
▼鸟瞰青云路，Qingyun Road aerial view
设计策略 – “泥鳅钻豆腐”
Design Strategy – “Loach Tofu Soup”
Sort Out & Open Up
Through the repeated negotiation with local residents, the boundary of the site was defined by the means of the one-foot-one-inch advance and retreat. The design restores the original urban texture and focuses on regenerating the public space around two temples and opening up surrounding pathways into the city circulations.
▼融入周边街区肌理，integrating to the urban texture
▼新建廊道和街区，the new-built corridor in the neighborhood
An updated system —— a corridor with weathering resistant steel, is embedded into the newly arranged site. With different breadths, the corridor makes a deliberate concession to the existing plantation and the retained relics. The narrower sections act as hallways connecting preserved buildings while the wider ones turn into rooms accommodating new business. The whole building complex is therefore transformed into an open modern garden yet still holds a traditional flavor.
The corridor meanders through the deconstructed neighborhood, just like the cooking process of “Loach Tofu Soup”. The deconstructed neighborhood is ‘thick’ and ‘loose’, serving as a substrate while the newly intervened corridor is more flexible, opening up connections and protruding tentacles at the street interface. The new and the old collide with a natural form of “emptiness”, recording the trace of the dynamic generation. The growth and entanglement of vines, trees, grass and moss blur the boundary between the corridor and the open space, or the buildings remained. The interface of the old and the new is no longer completely separated, but fuses together.
▼廊道对于现状树木和保留遗存进行了审慎退让，the corridor makes a deliberate concession to the existing plantation and the retained relics
▼一个既公共开放又富于传统情致的当代园林，an open modern garden yet still holds a traditional flavor
▼廊道内景，inside the corridor
▼耐候钢廊道内景，weathering resistant steel details
Exhibit / Booth
The height of the newly-built corridor is slightly lower than the cornice of preserved existing buildings, like the ‘booth’ serves as a foil to the ‘exhibit’. The new and the old coexist with an authentic illustration. The updated system is like the floating boat to water, lightly placed on the site as the whole, avoiding possible damages of historical relics.
▼香樟树院，the tree yard
▼俯瞰廊道，roof top view of the corridor
▼蜿蜒穿行的新建系统，the updated system is like the floating boat to water
The new system continues the local context of the temple culture and the civil culture, and enriches the original business with programs such as bookstore, cafe, museum, and intangible cultural heritage workshops, in order to offer flexible space to hold public events ranging from community activities to international seminars.
▼青云路入口节点，entry axis on Qingyun Road
▼青云路 – 咖啡厅与文庙节点，Qingyun Road – Cafe and the Confucius Temple
▼青云路 – 咖啡厅节点，Qingyun Road – Cafe
▼城隍庙前广场，fore yard of the Chenghuang Temple
▼城隍庙南侧广场，south yard of the Chenghuang Temple
The renovation restores and strengthens the traditional pattern where Qingyun Road is the central axis and two temples are the wings. The newly built open corridor threads and pierces through surrounding pathways and joins once closed neighborhood to the urban environment. The old temples are reactivated, becoming the cultural lounge for varies folk activities.
The new and the old interfaces intertwine through daily scenes; the picture of local life is slowly unfolding, reuniting this old city’s popularity. The whole architecture complex is transformed into a pan-museum displaying dynamic cultural life and buildings with hundred – of – year history. It embraces the surrounding neighborhood with an open attitude and has once again become the spiritual center of Songyang.
▼青云路 – 青云台节点，Qingyun Road – Qingyun Terrace
▼文仓美术馆的不同活动，Wencang Art Museum
▼区委楼南侧小树林以及民宿“小堂” ，the Botique Hotel and the forest on the south side of the district office building
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan ©家琨建筑设计事务所
▼廊道节点大样，corridor structural details ©家琨建筑设计事务所
客户：北京同衡思成投资有限公司 / 松阳思成文里文化发展有限公司
总建筑面积（包括）: 更新部分: 2,378㎡ / 保留改造部分: 2,335㎡
Project Name: Culture Neighborhood·Songyang Three-Temple Cultural Communication Center
Location: Songyang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang China
Client: Beijing Tongheng Sicheng Investment Co., Ltd / Songyang Sicheng Wenli Cultural Development Co., Ltd.
Principal Architect: LIU Jiakun
Team: CHEN Kan, YANG Ying, ZHANG Can, LIU Su, HE Qiang, YI Huizhong, LI Wenting
Lighting: Dept. of Lighting Planning & Design, Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute
General Contractor: ZhejiangHongxin Construction Co., Ltd.
Total Floor Area (incl.): Regenerated: 2,378㎡ / Remained: 2,335㎡
Floors： One (regenerated system)
Photographer: Arch-Exist, PENG Haidong, WU Bo, CAO Yujun, MENG Ning