Xinhua Road Historic Area is an important protected area with Shanghai’s historical and cultural features. There are 13 excellent historical buildings and a certain number of retained historical buildings. Since 1982, the Shanghai National Orchestra moved into 336 Xinhua Road, adjacent to Xinhua Villa. Relying on the existing historical retained buildings and historical and cultural features of Xinhua Road, through overall layout and rational design, the building structure, facade, stage, building acoustics and building equipment were reinforced and renovated. After the completion of the project, on the one hand, a new artistic palace has been constructed to promote the reform and development of the orchestra, on the other hand, it can promote the spread of national music culture and the traditional culture of the Chinese nation.
Before the renovation, the existing buildings in the plot were out of repair for a long time, and there was a significant gap with the beautiful environment of the adjacent Xinhua villa.
▼改造前周边环境，site environment before renovation
Before the renovation, there were some more dilapidated temporary additional buildings, which affected the overall safety of the building. At the same time, the use function and streamline of the building were also chaotic.
▼改造前基底状况，site condition before renovation
Idea 1 “String”, Integrating Building Volume with National String Concept
The stringed curve of national music is integrated into the architectural modeling and elevation design. The facade of the building is decorated with light-colored clay pipes of different lengths, which not only can increase the effect of light and shadow, but also can integrate the intention of bamboo flute and strings of national musical instruments.
▼建筑立面利用不同长短的浅色陶土管装饰，the facade of the building is decorated with light-colored clay pipes of different lengths
Pottery pipes inspired by bamboo flutes and strings have become an important facade active element. It can not only enrich the visual effect, but also make the original scattered architectural form more integrated.
▼源于竹笛和琴弦灵感的陶土管成为重要的立面活跃元素，pottery pipes inspired by bamboo flutes and strings have become an important facade active element
▼陶土管丰富视觉效果的同时，也使原零散的建筑形态更具整体性，pottery pipes can not only enrich the visual effect, but also make the original scattered architectural form more integrated
The design of the elevation along Fa Huazhen Road adopts also echoes the concept of “string”. The elevation window is arranged on the basis of the original window, which is more flexible.
▼沿法华镇路的立面采用曲线形式，呼应“弦”这一概念，the design of the elevation along Fa Huazhen Road adopts also echoes the concept of “string”
▼立面窗洞在原有窗洞的基础上重新变换排布，更具灵活性，the elevation window is arranged on the basis of the original window, which is more flexible
Idea 2 “Garden”: Creating an Artistic Environment Based on the Concept of Courtyard with Traditional National Wisdom
The design organizes the outdoor space by using the space composition technique of Chinese traditional gardens, and finally it forms various visual feelings in the narrow outdoor space. At the same time, the design also retains the original tall trees in the plot, so that the landscape and architecture can be integrated into the design and construction, while improving the original chaotic environment, to build an artistic atmosphere of the place.
▼设计利用中国传统园林的空间构成手法组织室外空间，the design organizes the outdoor space by using the space composition technique of Chinese traditional gardens
Landscape design strives to seek the artistic atmosphere of traditional gardens in the busy city. Retaining the original tall trees plays a key role in creating the scene atmosphere.
▼景观设计力求在闹市之中寻求传统园林的艺术氛围，landscape design strives to seek the artistic atmosphere of traditional gardens in the busy city
▼保留原有的高大树木，对于场景氛围的营造起到了关键作用，retaining the original tall trees plays a key role in creating the scene atmosphere
Architectural design with “string” intention and landscape set off each other to create a kind of interesting atmosphere.
▼具有“弦”意向的建筑设计与园林景观互为衬托，architectural design with “string” intention and landscape set off each other
The window lattice texture inspired by the orchestra logo not only satisfies the anti-theft function, but also serves as a link between history and the present.
▼窗棂纹理灵感来自于乐团标志，the window lattice texture inspired by the orchestra logo
“Hall”: Building the National Music Palace Inheriting the Past and Opening Future
The design focuses on building the rehearsal hall of Building 7, which integrates the intention of bells in folk music. The arc turning board is used on the wall, which also makes the layout of the rehearsal hall flexible and changeable.
▼排演厅，the rehearsal hall
The rehearsal hall can form island, peninsula, vertical and horizontal layout according to different needs.
▼岛式、半岛式、竖向式、横向式的平面布置，island, peninsula, vertical and horizontal layout
The design of arc turning board and ceiling not only meets the functional requirements, but also integrates the intention of ancient Chinese chimes. It conforms to the unique temperament of national orchestras, which is also a successful evolution between traditional cultural symbols and architectural design.
▼墙面的弧形转板和吊顶的设计既满足功能需求，又融入了我国古代打击乐器编钟的意向，the design of arc turning board and ceiling not only meets the functional requirements, but also integrates the intention of ancient Chinese chimes
The sound rehearsal room of Building 6 also keeps the same design idea. The integration of string elements strengthens the integrity of the design.
▼声部排练室中弦元素的融入，加强了设计的整体性，the integration of string elements in sound rehearsal room strengthens the integrity of the design
The arc turning board wall in the hall of Building 8 is the continuation of the design elements of the rehearsal hall. The grille ceiling coordinates with the clay pipe on the elevation, and it is also the embodiment of the “string” design concept.
▼交流门厅内的转板墙、格栅吊顶与立面上的陶土管，arc turning board wall, grille ceiling coordinates and clay pipe on the elevation in the hall
The skyline outlined by light stone-like paints, clay pipes and dark lines responds to the passage of time with a concise aesthetics against the natural background.
▼浅色仿石涂料、陶土管和深色线条勾勒出的天际线，the skyline outlined by light stone-like paints, clay pipes and dark lines
The details of the intake canopy also use the design concept of “string” elements, which looks like the waving strings being played, at the same time, the sound is coming from the rehearsal hall on one side, which can attract infinite reverie.
▼入口雨棚细部同样运用了“弦”元素的设计理念，the details of the intake canopy also use the design concept of “string” elements
Indoor staircase design style continues the overall simplicity of the architectural style, which pays attention to detail design, to ensure the integrity and unity of the design.
▼室内楼梯设计风格延续整体简约的建筑风格，indoor staircase design style continues the overall simplicity of the architectural style
Project Name: Renovation Project of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra located at No. 336 Xinhua Road, (Phase I)
Project Leader: Zhou Jun, Lv Xiaojun
Chief Designer: Xu Feng, Zhou Jun, Wang Shuyi
Architectural Design: Zhou Jun, Chen Jie, Xu Ke, Jiang Wenjin
Structural Design: Jin Gang, Ma Dongya
Water supply and drainage design: Feng Wei, Wang Heng
HVAC Design: Zeng Gang, Yao Sai
Electrical Design: Wang Jian, Fu Mingmin
Acoustic Design: Liu Haisheng
Photographer: Ma Yuan
Location: NO. 336 Xinhua Road, Shanghai
Transformed area: 2205㎡
Time of use: June 2018