The project is located in the west of Xike Netease Science and Technology Park, Binjiang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, just one way from Alibaba. The whole building is divided into three parts in a vertical direction, with 1 floor as a shared public service space, 2-6 floors as a joint office space, and 7-15 floors as a rental apartment. Our design task is 1-6 layers of overall space design and 7-15 storey apartment public space design.
▼中庭休息区，Atrium rest area
The interior of the original building features a lighting atrium and a sightseeing elevator as the main spatial features and equipment. With the sightseeing elevator slowly go up, you will feel like space is static when you facing indifference atrium facade. This original structure and visual experience determine our design work start from the facade, use inward operation method to create a small “complex”.
In the design strategy, we did not start with a certain style, but insisted on doing work on the flat and the facade, and then intervening in the space form and materials. We trying to use the vertical linkage of the atrium to activate the linkage between the functions of each layer. In turn, it forms a concentric atmosphere of shared space, which is also a response to the future development plan of Binjiang District.
Atrium facade analysis
Our initial plan was to first add a ladder for the roadshow to rest in the atrium, as well as a staircase that leads directly to the third floor. And with the help of the original overhanging platform from the floor slab, adding the external rest space to the atrium facade by removing and widening the part of the abutment.Through direct treatment of the atrium facade, we trying to break the clear spatial boundaries between the layers,strengthen the association between the layers and the spatial centripetality, and then gather the visual focus.
Spatial composition analysis
However, the first plan was stopped because of the building estate insisted that winkling platform could not be demolished. So we redesigned the staircase without removing the winkling platform, use plane language to make an orderly color treatment of the atrium facade, make it a whole. This kind of “random response” brings another kind of spatial experience, which is reminiscent of Choi Hung Estate.
▼改造后中庭照片，色彩形成整体秩序，Revamped atrium with orderly color treatment
The building has two main entrances, east and west. At first, the owner only wanted to build a main entrance on the west side, but combined with the overall planning and format of the park, we believe that both should be treated as the main entrance. This can create more commercial value.
▼1F西侧入口 1F West Entrance
▼1F东侧入口 1F Eastern Entrance
▼空间功能划分，Spatial Function Division
▼一层公共空间，public space on the first floor
Brief probe: In the current era of urban renewal, what attitude and method should take to respond to space is the basic question for every designer. For renovation projects, we always insist on adapting measures to local conditions, finding problems from facts and solving problems strategically, rather than deliberately “original”. Due to various reasons of the project, major facade and local space schemes have undergone disruptive changes in the end, and some details we care about have not been completed. Compared with spatial subjects, style is not the most critical. The main function of design is not to create details and styles, but to create more subjective value, so that details can be formed naturally, rather than deliberately fabricated. Design under limited conditions is a basic skill. It is not a narrow compromise to adapt to local conditions. On the contrary, projects with limited conditions will also enable designers to maintain a more clam attitude and pay more attention to basic issues in the design process.
▼色彩明亮，富有活力的空间，a vibrant space in bright colors
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
▼三层平面图，third floor plan
Project name: Hangzhou Vanke Times Commune
Design company: DAGA Architects
Design team: Shen jianghai, Ren xiaowei, Huang Da, Xu Yunfei, Liu Yuzhe, Pang Xueying, Wen Shunhe, Chen Yang, Huang Yeping.
Construction Drawings;DAGA JAZZI
Construction Design team:Wang Yihan. Chen Shizhi
Project type: Interior design & renovation
Design period: 2018.3-2018.5
Construction period: 2018.5-2018.8
Photographer: Wu tou，w.n_t