Dongshan Shaoye Plaza (Dongshan Young Master Park) is located in a very unique location in Dongshankou, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou. It has always been the intersection of Dongshankou’s commercial vitality axis and residents’ life axis, and the starting point and ending point of the bus terminal. It is also a public node place that people must pass through when going to the Xinhepu Historic Preservation Area by subway. Dongshan Shaoye Plaza ( Dongshan Young Master Park) underwent a renovation in 2000. Ten years later, the plants are still full of vigor , but the overall quality of the square is low that limits the composition of the crowd, and inadequate public maintenance has caused the landscape structure area to become negative, which makes the park become a hygiene loophole and security blind spots.
▼项目概览，overall of the project © 吴嗣铭
▼项目局部航拍俯瞰，top view of the project © 吴嗣铭
The circulation of the site has changed from a boring straight line to a more exploratory and interesting curve. The goal of this upgrade is to enable more community residents to use this public place like using their own living room, that is comfortable and proud, and to attract more foreign tourists to learn about the regional culture of Guangzhou Dongshan through the square tour. In the end, because of the increase and diversification of the user population, the youthful vitality and cultural transmission are ignited, and the energy transmission from one community public node to the next community public node is truly activated.
▼项目改造分析图&轴测图，analyze diagram and axonometric drawing © 哲迳建筑师事务所
The scenery and characters of Dongshan Shaoye Plaza (Dongshan Young Master Park) together construct a three-dimensional, time-changing spatial picture, in which trees play a very important role in limiting space. Madagascar almond have distinct branches, and the non-overlapping leaves allow sunlight to pass through in layers and dappled on the ground. People move in the lower part and have a clear vision. The light passes through the leaves to form a natural and beautiful light pattern. The air is smooth and not fast, and a feeling of comfort and tranquility emerges spontaneously.
▼阳光有层次地透过树叶之间，斑驳撒落于地面，the non-overlapping leaves allow sunlight to pass through in layers and dappled on the ground © 吴嗣铭
▼人在下部活动，视野通畅， people move in the lower part and have a clear vision © 吴嗣铭
The Dongshan Shaoye Plaza (Dongshan Young Master Park) has a stable sense of space formed by the excellent tree-top refuge. The tree trunk is used as a reference for the formation of a natural flowing trajectory, but under the tree trunk there is a lack of layering, allowing people to sit down and get along with the content-Grass. The grass is not at the bottom of a person’s feet, but “floating” to match the height of the person’s sitting posture. When sitting down, due to the lack of a backrest or the scale of the tree pond, the user will unconsciously lean back and touch the lawn. In order to make users pay more attention to the existence of the lawn, the designers deliberately distinguished another elevation, keeping the lawn on a bright stainless steel circle, and then “holding” it to people’s eyes.
▼树顶遮蔽形成的稳定空间感，a stable sense of space formed by the excellent tree-top refuge © 吴嗣铭
The smooth surface of the stone brings a rich reflection of the upper canopy and green spots on the upper part of the tree just like the water surface. The smooth texture is matched with the formal language of the arc. A floating ribbon of light and shadow adds a touch of grace to the originally quiet place. On the park, people were relaxing alone, or whispering two-by-two. The sense of flow in space, the sense of separation of people, and the sense of regional limitation together constitute a contradictory and complementary “space variation”. This kind of natural fluency and variation and geometric linear formal language seem to have an innate matching advantage, and the fluency and variation are interesting.
▼场地上人们独自休闲，三两成趣，on the park, people were relaxing alone, or whispering two-by-two © 吴嗣铭
In the space scene constructed by the shade of the trees, urban furniture is more like compensating for the space function of the low area, rather than simply, it exists as a use function in the traditional sense. They are both stools and tree ponds, which are open public urban furniture and space enclosure props. They are restricted to walking like “rails”, and they are also “race tracks” where children can step on and run.
▼周边环境与公园形成生动的城市生活图景，the surrounding environment and the park form a vivid picture of urban life © 吴嗣铭
Architects also pays extra attention to the changing scenes of the lawn during the day and night. As night falls, the halo of landscape lighting becomes more and more obvious, naturally scattered on the curved benches. After the rush hour after get off work, the city beat slowed down, and people who gradually let go of their busy mood slowed down, enjoy a moment of comfort here, and enjoy the gentle cure given by the lawn under the warm light. The pattern of the combination of transparent green leaves and light on the upper part of the site has always been a beautiful scene that the designer wants to present to the citizens. A strip of light, a slice of silhouette, a touch of agility…Finally architects focused his attention on the urban furniture that serves as a stool and a flower pond.
▼城市家具围合出小剧场，the small theatre is formed by urban furniture © 吴嗣铭
Obviously, the appearance of the site was not imagined by the architect, but the site users spontaneously constituted its initial genes. After the architects and managers have rationally added multiple attributes, the variables of time have been put in, and long-term maintenance is implemented. The way the supervision is used is guided. Only such a venue will be loved by the public for a long time after the renovation, and will play a diverse mission that is more in line with the development and changes of the future city in addition to beauty.
▼夜景，night view © 方斐
标签：广州 改造 城市更新
项目设计 & 完成年份：2020.3 / 2020.9
品牌：凯撒白麻花岗石 绿植 金属
Project name：Dongshan South Square community Park renovation
Design year & Completion Year：2020.3 / 2020.9
Leader designer：Keven Wong、Fanmie
Creation Architect ：John.Lin、Steven
Team：Weipeng Huang、Yuri、Moses、Lookie、Yuni Chen（trainee）
Site Supervisor：Steven、Yuri、Weipeng Huang
Project location：Guangzhou· China
Gross Built Area (square meters)：898㎡
Photo credits：Siming Wu, Fei Fang
Clients：Guangzhou Yuexiu District Commerce Bureau
Brands / Products used in the projrct：Caesar white hemp granite、glass、metal