The watchman of the hometown
For many people who have left their homeland, their hometown has become an empty concept. The TV program of the Dream Renovators offers an opportunity to restore the true hometown and bring back a hometown of character, warmth and memory. The theatre in Huilan town of Shifang city Sichuan Province is just the kind of mental lighthouse going through the past years, and survives in the wind and rain,emitting a warm light for you to go home.
▼保留的外墙与新增的天空图书馆，reserved exterior wall and the new library of sky
▼改造前现状图，site condition before the implementation of design
As we entered the movie theater which was dust-covered for 9 years after 5.12 earthquake in a flashlight, a beam of light was spilled from the roof, onto a row of seats in a row of dust and tangled cobweb. The whole scene felt very desolate. What we wanted to do was to inject a new, exciting element into the ruined rubble container to restore new vitality. In order to maintain the original texture of the theater wall for memory, the renovation scheme separates the roof from the brick wall and support the weight of the roof with steel structure. The original wall becomes an enclosure system. A completely independent structural system is formed from the load-bearing of the brick wall to the steel structure. The key supporting points are selected along the horizontal and vertical walls of the building. After the excavation of the wall both outside and inside about 6 meters to the force layer, the concrete is poured into the “manual- holes with filling piles”, and a h- shaped steel bridge is overlapping at both ends to ensure the stability of the building foundation. Steel columns are set on the bridge to carry the weight of the original roof truss. Thus the old bearing walls were converted into maintenance system. Accordingly the old building which could not meet the aseismatic needs has been renovated to be qualified for all code requirements in aseismatic construction offhand. The original wall is strengthened by grouting technology, and concrete is wrapped through the reinforcing steel bars and the overall bearing capacity of the wall is enhanced by enlarging the wall section.
▼社区活动中心正面入口，front entrance of the community activity center
At the front entrance of the community center, five cuneiform steel tubes have been built to serve as the historical display space for the Hui Jian community and the former drilling and mining factory. Fifteen colored pixel walls are added to the original fifteen square window holes outside as a new window for the community publicity bulletin.
▼社区活动中心南向入口，south entrance of the community activity center
In the interior of the audience hall, the volume of the new addition is centrally arranged. The structure foundation of 16 steel columns is separated from the original wall , 4m forming 4 sets of bucket space, and the platform of each layer is arranged in a backward way. The main functions are community activity room, painting and photography exhibition hall, multi-function rehearsal hall and a sky library. A number of superposition layers are formed. In the second floor area, the closed indoor space and the open viewing space are switched through the virtual folding door.
▼舞台处回望，look back from the stage
▼室内中庭空间，indoor atrium space
The stage platform of the original 14m*7.5m was completely preserved, and a circular rotary opening and closing stage with a 10m diameter 6m height was added to the rear wall position. It could meet various activities such as dance, performance, rehearsal and film setting. By opening and closing the stage changes, the indoor stage table performance, outdoor market stage, indoor and outdoor connected performing space were formed with other flexible use.
▼圆形旋转开闭舞台，the circle rotatable stage
▼1层怀旧电影吧，nostalgic movies bar
The original stage is redifined. When the round rotating stage is in use, the main stage becomes the audience section. The audience in this part is the actors in the eyes of the other audience in all directions in the rear. Everyone is the performer and actor. The audience can watch the stage from multiple levels. Longmen array, tea and watch can be set up on the outside square. The whole space is open and integrated inside and outside.
▼融通活动空间，linked up space
Before the transformation, the top middle span was a ventilated blinds. By replacing it with a glass skylight, a light belt was pulled through the upper part of the audience hall. In the light the whole building became open and bright which used to be closed and dark. The top floor space between the steel trusses is exposed after dismantling the old wood antiacoustic plate,. We form a best community library with good ventilation and daylight between the steel trusses under the towering space using the double slope roof, and the roof of the south field is protruded to form a glass view platform for rest , reading and meditation.
▼3层天空图书馆，library of sky
We call it the “city of the sky”, and we hope it can be a sign of the “light of wisdom” especially in the evening when the lights are on, and people in the whole community are busy coming and going. This is the “light of wisdom” of the community, a “spiritual lighthouse” attracting people to participate in activities and reading, and letting people return to their dreams of homeland.
▼夜间的天空之城，the city of sky at night
▼北立面夜景，night view of the north facade
▼空间结构示意图，schematic diagram of space structure
▼1层平面图，1st floor plan
▼2层平面图，2nd floor plan
▼3层平面图，3rd floor plan
▼4层平面图，4th floor plan
Project Name: Hui Jian Community Centre Drilling and Mining Factory Theatre Renovation
Project Location: Hui Jian Community , Shifang City, Sichuan Province
Area of Structure: 3170m2
Architect : Original Design Studio/TJAD
Project Architects: Zhang Ming、Zhang Zi、Zhang Hao、Ding Kuo、Ding Chun、Wang Xufeng、Lin Jiayi、Wang Xunan、Zhang Linqi、Sun Peipei
Architect on site: Zhang Hao
Structure Consultant：Zhang Zhun
Structure & Electromechanical Unit: Chengdu Branch Company of Tongji University Architecture Design Academic Institute (Group) co.,Itd
Methods of Reinforcement: Manually Excavating the Filling Piles +Steel Structure Underpinning
Materials used: Steel Structure、Concrete、Compound Laminate Wood Flooring、Polycarbonate Plates、Aluminum Magnesium-manganese Plates、Nippon Paint
Design Cycle: Apr. 2017-Jul.2017
Construction Cycle: Jul.2017-Nov.2017
Photographer: Zhang Yong