Controlling the design power and desire with an emphasis of architectural application instead of creation
Among a series of ordinary renovation programs completed by Atelier Archmixing in recent years, Chen Huancheng Memorial in Baoshan District, Shanghai, is representative. The memorial hall was originally located in a magnificent Confucian Temple in Riverside Park. When the Confucian Temple would be revived, CHEN Huacheng’s memorial was planned to be re-accommodated in an adjacent commercial building of zigzag plan with surface renewal. No matter how creative the façade renovation would be, it’s impossible to fill the giant gap between these two structures according to spatial sequence and building scale. Therefore, Atelier Archmixing persuaded the client to change this façade renovation program into that of a spatial reorganization. By rebuilding the visiting route as well as the atmosphere, the design aims at achieving an appropriate sense of remembrance, and also creating a positive everyday public space integrating with the surrounding landscape.
▽ 陈化成纪念馆东南角，East-south corner of Chen Huancheng Memorial
▽ 纪念馆主入口，The main entrance
▽纪念馆西北立面, West north elevation
▽ 从东侧坡地看到一线屋顶, Horizontal roofs seen from the eastern hill
Unusual ordinary galleries: adopting spatial design strategy to create pleasant public
Familiarity and Quietness are two features the designer wants to embody this commemorating structure. Open gallery, a frequently used and relatively material saving building typology was employed. Four sloping roof linear galleries with different length and width enclosed the existed building, forming a continuous gallery space, constituting courtyards of various sizes and shapes with the zigzag boundaries. In this way, on one hand, it effectively enlarged and regulated the space and volume of the old building, maximally extending the visiting route, consequently gifting this humble structure with formal and decent appearance, rhythmic spatial order and a proper serious atmosphere. On the other hand, by remaining the original blank walls, which is necessary for interior exhibition, the galleries resulted in an open boundaries integrating with the surrounding environment. People can walk through or stay in the veranda and courtyard spaces without entering the exhibition hall. This memorial hall becomes an open public space instead of an enclosed patriotism educational venue.
▽ 从南廊望入口内院和东廊, Main courtyard and east gallery, view from the south gallery
▽ 朝向孔庙的水平西廊作为入口，右上角可见淞沪抗战纪念塔, West Gallery facing Confucian Temple as main entrance, top right corner is Songhu Battle Memorial Tower
▽ 光影动人的东廊及安静的座位, Shadow and light in east gallery with a long and quiet bench / 北廊, North gallery
▽ 结束晨练的人们, After morning exercise
Not simple traditional materials and structures: applying ordinary material and tectonic accurately to fulfill a sense of both everydayness and seriousness.
In order to avoid visual shock to everyday users in this park, the design applied not only traditional building form and tectonic but also common materials and modest treatment. The exterior walls and concrete columns were covered with plain cement, the timber columns, beams, rafters were all painted dark, and those modern and accurately connected detail of timer and steel structure were oiled into black. Because Atelier Archmixing holds the position that, for those renovation of ordinary buildings in everyday context, controlling the design power and desire with an emphasis of architectural application instead of creation are valuable attitudes and approaches with the new potential to explore intrinsic strength of everyday life.
▽ 从内院望东廊可见梁柱的钢木节点, Accurately designed details of the steel and timer structure
▽ 围廊端部节点构造, The tectonic details
▽从东往西望南廊, South Gallery, view from east to west
▽ 围廊转角结构仰轴测, Axonometric drawing shows the gallery corner structure
▽ 改造后建筑轴测, Axonometric Drawing shows the renovated situation
▽ 区位图, Location map
▽ 平面图, Plan
▽ 剖面图, Section
Project：Removal Renovation of Chen Huacheng Memorial
Type: Renovation/ extension
Loacation: Baoshan District, Shanghai
Size: 198㎡ (extension)
Architect: Atelier Archmixing/ZHUANG Shen, REN Hao, TANG Yu, ZHU Jie
Design Team: ZHUANG Shen, REN Hao, FANG Yu, TIAN Danni, YANG Yuqiong, YAO Wenxuan
Photography: TANG Yu