Origin of the project
The project is located at the crossing of the river, bridge and road, with the Chen Yuan (College of Arts and Media) and the library to the northwest. The original building is a two-stories, four-pitched roof old building. As an important node in the historical environment of the campus, the university expects it to be an important public space of the campus with the functions of “bookstore, coffee, creative arts and salon” after its renewal.
▼陇上书店两面临河，三面临街，点亮校园，The bookstore is surrounded by rivers on two sides and streets on three sides ©WDi
Challenges of University Campus Renewal
The current campus historical environment’s renewal, only the uniformity of style and functional utility can no longer meet the spatial needs of the future campus. As educators and designers, we have been thinking about how to update and build a university campus for the future, so that the open, shared and composite campus environment can promote the integration of science and art and achieve the goal of environmental education for people.
▼陇上新生，The renewed bookstore ©WDi
The practice of transforming educational public space perhaps requires more perceptive and artistic interventions, following the potential of the site and sorting out the memory of the place, with the goal of creating a spatial container of art, culture and memory in a limited innovative framework, a place of informal learning without boundaries of communication and interaction. We will explore how to integrate with the campus fabric and how the interface can interact with the environment in different languages, creating a spatial medium to stimulate the vitality of the university community.
▼艺术气息渗透到理工校园，The artistic atmosphere permeates the campus ©WDi
03 Memory of the place
When we first entered the site, the ritualistic revolving staircase in the dilapidated status quo touched people’s hearts, standing on the corner and looking around the river of Youth, condensing the collective memory of 20 years of Huali people; However, few people stepped up the staircase to the second floor, the metal sloped roof of the original building was low and structurally damaged, and was only used as a warehouse; the first floor space had many partition walls and poor lighting; Therefore, while improving the quality of space and structure, we used light as a medium to recreate the memory of the place.
▼改造前建筑外观，the original site ©WDi
Vessel of Light
The architecture holds the light like a musical instrument capturing the music. “Ladder, wall, roof, window”, as the basic architectural elements, is used here as the medium of light to translate the spatial art installation of internal and external contexts. The interesting and artistic implantation allows light and shadow to interact with the body between reality and illusion.
▼捕捉光的容器，a container capturing the light ©WDi
Stairs – the light that wraps the body
Although the original concrete revolving staircase is dilapidated, it collects the memory of a period like a sculpture at the corner. In order to sort out the flow and recreate the memory at the same time, we transformed its structure into an indoor steel staircase, giving it the color attribute of “Huali Blue” and constructing a semi-permeable and light medium with double U-shaped glass on the outer interface.
The light U-shaped glass enclosing the industrial staircase ©WDi
Inside, the materiality of the U glass almost disappears, leaving only the strings played by the light; picking up the steps, the gentle light wrapped around the body, as if reliving the old days, adds a little bit of ritual like bathing in holy light to the salon area on the second floor.
▼U玻捕捉的光包裹着身体，The light caught by the glass embraces the human body ©WDi
Looking from afar, the diffuse reflections under different lights sculpt the hazy texture of the blue spiral staircase, and the human shadows on the staircase are swaying, ambiguous and moving, evolving into an art installation of human-light interaction, re-creating the visual focus of “seeing and being seen”. The memory of the campus place is regenerated, and the functional staircase is sublimated into a metaphysical and spiritual space.
▼U玻掩映下，旋梯朦胧暧昧的影像，the hazy texture of the blue spiral staircase ©WDi
In 1912, Marcel Duchamp tried to express time in his paintings and created “Nude Woman Descending a Staircase”, in which the refraction of light and shadow by U glass also makes time seem to extend in space.
▼《下楼梯的裸女》& 杜尚下楼梯 (图片来源于网络)
Nude Woman Descending a Staircase & Duchamp descending a staircase
▼拾级而上，人影与光影的互动，The interaction of human, shadow and light ©WDi
At the street corner, the building becomes the visual focal point for ‘seeing and being seen’ ©WDi
Wall – the interface that captures light
Interestingly, there is a two-meter wide gap between the west wall of the bookstore and the Chen Yuan, which reminds us of the narrow courtyard of light in the classical gardens of the south of the Yangtze River. To capture this long and narrow sky light, we replaced the entire solid wall with a multi-layered and continuous translucent medium using various materials to form a “four-sided hall” with a shaded tone.
▼半透的墙体为通透的空间带来四面光影，The translucent walls bring light and shadow to the airy space on all sides ©WDi
The structural frame is made of wood with polycarbonate panels and frosted acrylic panels dovetailed together to form a full 14-meter-long translucent display case interface.
Polycarbonate panels and frosted acrylic panels are dovetailed together ©WDi
Transparent holes of varying sizes are implanted in the cabinets of different permeability, and in the subtle transformation of transparency, the open interface captures the release of jumping and changing light and shadow. The gradual translucent window quietly attracts people to peek into what is happening in the art lab across the room, and the occasional interaction triggers the desire to explore.
The gradual translucent window quietly attracts people to peek into what is happening in the art lab ©WDi
Inside the bookstore, several translucent cabinets are used as partition walls to enhance the overall permeability of the space. The line of sight spreads through the space, with people shifting and books cascading, interwoven as one.
Translucent cabinets are used as partition walls to enhance the overall permeability of the space ©WDi
Roof- An installation for pouring light
The four-slope roof of the old building makes the space on the second floor confined and dark, and the structure is heavily damaged by time. After repeated consideration, we raised part of the roof to meet the special function of party building meeting and academic salon, and set side high windows on three sides to introduce powerful light and shape an inward space with a slightly sublime feeling.
▼光线的力量带给空间崇高感，high windows introduce powerful light with a slightly sublime feeling ©WDi
▼漫步的光线赋予空间生命力，Wandering light gives life to the space ©WDi
▼光线下，透出肌理的杜邦纸，the luminous ceiling is made of Dupont paper ©WDi
In different time, the sharp light and shadow strolls like a clock hand, breaking the space diagonally from different angles and triggering a space dialogue with human shadows. The luminous ceiling is made of Dupont paper instead of ordinary light film to ensure the integrity of the space. The folds produced when the Dupont paper is taut present an unexpected handmade feeling, and form an overall luminous top surface with texture at night. Day and night, this light-pouring ceiling installation creates a special spatial atmosphere for high-quality group activities.
▼夜幕下通体发光的的界面与光溢出的顶，The overall luminous top surface with texture at night ©WDi
Window – the existence of poetic interaction
Window is a poetic existence that connects people, street and nature. We analyze the different needs of each window to connect the inner and outer space, explore the different sizes and forms of window openings, and the ways of opening or fixing them, while limiting different sitting and viewing behaviors, presenting a series of window languages such as sitting window, back sitting window, floor-to-ceiling window, peeking window, corner curved window, and side height window.
▼光影下的窗与梯，Windows and stairs in light and shadow ©WDi
Trees are brought in by the curved window while the side high window opens to the sky ©WDi
Folding windows attract interaction between inside and outside © 畎亩建筑
▼窗洞的光影变化与室内外空间的互动，diagram- the openings © 畎亩建筑
The spatial interface regulates the range of sight, light and behavior of the connection. On the south side, narrow windows are adopted towards the bustling Welcome Road; on the east side, as open and transparent as possible towards the Youth River; on the north side, outdoor windows are formed under the seating between the Morning Garden and the campus, bringing the daily life of the city streets into the campus. These windows either write a long scroll of green shadows, birds in the blue sky and the hustle and bustle of the water street, or provoke hidden exploration, street watching and occasional interaction.
Curved floor-to-ceiling windows with riverside views ©WDi
Memory of the Place – hand-made traces layered in the construction
▼施工中，拆除吊顶，结构包钢加固后，construction phase © 畎亩建筑
After the removal of the ceiling of the old building, the top surface showed the concave and convex texture of the wooden mold concrete poured during the initial construction; after the structural reinforcement, we were surprised by the wonderful collision between the sense of order and handcraft of the beams and columns wrapped in steel and the texture of the wooden concrete mold, so we decided to preserve the construction traces of the concrete poured in the 90s and the structural reinforcement of the renovation.
The white-painted clad steel creates a dramatic visual impact with the rough concrete © 畎亩建筑
By covering the top surface and cladding steel with delicate warm white paint, the overall space is given an ambiguous and unified tone. This has a dramatic impact with the rough texture of the exposed aggregate after the old surface layer is chiseled away from the concrete column, which is repeatedly extended in the space. The continuous, multi-layered superimposed hand traces, the juxtaposition of the old and the new, the apparent and the hidden, suggest the history of the building, while constituting a new field of energy.
A walk through the tunnel of construction and memory ©WDi
Implantation of art and activities
▼半透明界面的光影变化与展示空间的灵活使用，diagram – interfaces and display spaces ©畎亩建筑
In order to achieve the overall fluidity of the space, we have designed freely combinable movable furniture – weathering steel display cabinets with single side rollers, which can either be casually combined to display cultural and creative products according to different activities, or formed into a special exhibition space with an orderly array combination, with flexible changes in the flow of space.
It triggers occasional viewing and communication. The gradient texture of the back of the original weathering steel is cleverly designed, and the random and interesting surface inadvertently gives the space a dynamic artistic atmosphere.
▼耐候钢淬火的肌理，The textured weathering steel © 畎亩建筑
Considering the information display of the bookstore, we extended the wooden overall grid system of the top hiding equipment, bridges, and lighting tracks, reserved several black drawing boards in the upper part of the coffee making area, and reserved a double-layer acrylic poster board on the other side. The detachable design facilitates changing the display content according to different activities, and cooperating with school teachers and students to create art for product information or literary display as an experiment of integration of industry-university research.
The black drawing boards enliven the space © 畎亩建筑
▼半透展柜后隐藏的洗手间，The toilet hidden behind a semi-transparent display case ©WDi
Future Campus Regeneration Program
Now Long Shang Bookstore is also integrated into the overall atmosphere of the campus, and the street interface is opened in parallel with the ChenYuan, allowing the daily activities of art and culture to spread and penetrate into the surrounding campus space.
Long Shang Bookstore presents the campus public space free, flow, diversity, art and other multiple qualities, attracting students and teachers to gather and inspire them to the same space for different activities of spontaneous use, creating infinite communication possibilities; hope that the integration of Long Shang Bookstore design itself, become the integration of this professional industry, academia and research pilot; at the same time it becomes an open sharing, interdisciplinary communication of the university campus renewal pilot.
▼改造后的陇上书店与晨园，Long Shang Bookstore and ChenYuan ©WDi
In the future, Huali’s future campus renewal plan will continue to extend, linking blue and green clues to form a vibrant and organic public space system, building a continuously evolving open, diversified and complex future campus.
▼华理未来校园空间再生计划，masterplan for the future © 畎亩建筑
▼一层、二层和顶层平面图，1F, 2F plans and roof plan © 畎亩建筑
设计单位: 畎亩建筑设计事务所A.C.R.E Atelier
项目地址: 上海市徐汇区梅陇路130号 华东理工大学徐汇校区
Project Name: Long Shang Bookstore
Design by: A.C.R.E Atelier
Building Area: 260 sqm
Address: No. 130 Meilong Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China East University of Science and Technology Xuhui Campus
Principal Architect: Yin Shun
Design Team: Yin Shun, Shi Qi, Lu Xinhe, Zhu Siyi, Xu Shuang
Commissioned by: East China University of Science and Technology Press
Lighting Consultant: Yang Xiu
Constructor: Shanghai ZhuAn Construction Development Co.LTD