Xu Zhimo, a Chinese modern poet who once pictured Florence and Cambridge with poems, fell in love with Miss Lu Xiaoman, a gorgeous celebrity in Shanghai, on a spring morning. The famous couple once went boating on the Liwa River in the campus of East China Normal University (ECNU), where the wind blew softly and the artistic charm could be within reach everywhere.
▼项目概览，project overview ©张虔希
A garden away from the hustle and bustle
▼场地鸟瞰，aerial view ©张虔希
▼丽娃河畔景观，Liwa riverside ©张虔希
East China Normal University locates at North Zhongshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai. East side of the university is Shanghai Inner Ring Elevated Road. The university is about 8 km away from city center, the bund, and Lujiazui. This project, which was an on campus storage, is at Liwa riverside inside the university. Famed as the University of Garden, ECNU boasts Chinese classic garden landscape and academic buildings of Western classical architecture style. Many school buildings are listed as cultural relics by the government.
Before the renovation, the site was too narrow, and the space was too plain, and the whole site was in lack of campus vitality. Vegetation was abundant and mess, which easily attracted mosquitos.
Add elements of green plants breaking through the ground
For the project’s creativity and completion, design team thoroughly considers the connection among architecture, topography, and light, extracting elements by realism method to integrate university badge, red brick architecture style, and vegetation’s natural living appearance, to reshape space conception between indoor and outdoor places and natural conditions, which is also the expression of art and humanity.
▼从仓库改造而来的书斋，Huayu Study is renovated from a campus storage ©张虔希
▼红砖外墙，red brick wall ©张虔希
▼书斋内部，interior view ©张虔希
New sceneries set against historical riverbank building
▼河畔视角，view to the from the river bank ©张虔希
▼在保留原有红色砖块的建筑形式上扩建露台与廊架，the original parking shed is replaced by the extended terrace and porch while retaining the former red-brick buildings ©张虔希
The original parking shed on the south side of Huayu Study is replaced by the extended terrace and porch while retaining the former red-brick buildings. The antique-look auburn rust slates are applied to make the Study more dynamic, spacious and functional.
▼屋顶露台，roof terrace ©张虔希
▼红褐色锈板廊架，the antique-look auburn rust slates ©张虔希
▼室内空间，internal space ©张虔希
The square on its southern side is too flat, so the modern-style sunken plaza is designed. Tender yellow wooden steps form a rest zone and plants in the central space add more natural fun and surround the space.
▼下沉广场， sunken plaza ©徐喆
Chong’er Pavilion adjacent to the sunken square is made of white and auburn stone, a harmonious style and colors the same as the Huayu Study. The boat-like base stands for the boat of ECNU’s brilliant history, and a candle of hope floating on the Liwa River. Standing right here, you will be greeted with the beautiful scenery of the River, the shadows of plants and the fragrance of flowers.
▼与下沉广场相邻的虫二亭，Chong’er Pavilion adjacent to the sunken square ©张虔希
▼河畔的虫二亭犹如一盏漂浮的水灯，the pavilion looks like a water lamp floating on the Liwa River ©徐喆
The footpath along the river bank is paved with gray stone in turning curves, flanked by ground covers. The large part of the wall for Huayu Study can reflect glass to create privacy and opposite scenery visually, with no boundaries between the interior and outer space.
▼沿河步道， footpath along the river bank ©徐喆
Unique design of lights and shadows
The passageway on the east side of Huayu Study is paved with smoky gray tiles and decorated with floor lamps and plants. Chairs with simple design and smooth lines are placed to make the campus more vibrant.
▼坐凳与地灯，the bench and floor lamps ©徐喆
Trees and ground cover overgrowing in the campus of ECNU through its long history are prone to breeding mosquitoes and insects. Therefore, the design team uses the flowers space to fill the ground without removing the maetasequoia and chinar forest. Flowers of different colors blooming all the year round add so much fun and vigor to the campus.
The interior Study is paved with stone, and the wall is adorned by red bricks and glass. The sunlight and shadows thus can create a simple and serene atmosphere.
▼化雨书斋夜间外观，exterior view of the study by night ©张虔希
Inheritance of cultural context of the campus
The renovation project of Huayu Study of ECNU integrates natural beauty with historical and cultural charm of the campus. It is bound to inject new life into the campus and create a better school space.
▼湖畔夜景，night view of the river bank ©张虔希
业主团队丨肖严航 徐大伟 孙诗雨 林俊毅 李俊杰 沈伟栋 李迎飞
景观团队丨章翼 洪本强 谢伟峰 王小艳 吴蓓莉 陈洁
建筑团队丨宋照青 李晟 石哲宇 李颖超 刘悦怡 欧兴
室内团队丨赵牧桓 王颖建 段珍妮