CM Design was invited to participate in the Nantou Odyssey exhibition, creating an art installation originated by Nantou Old Town. The exhibition aims to outline a perspective for roamers，introducing them to examine the incremental steps of urban renewal, and recognize a collective identity beyond the tiles. CM work on exploring and translating the traditional and typical form of the old town, and “digesting” the large amount of construction waste generated during the renovation process. We made a chair in the shape of the arch of the old town, which has both functionality and sculpture beauty, strengthening the translation of morphology and the regeneration of materials.
▼椅子与古城门，the chair in the shape of the arch of the old town © 毛年书
▼展览现场，the chair on exhibition © 毛年书
“digesting” the large amount of construction waste © 毛年书
a perspective for roamers © 毛年书
The design was inspired by particularity on three aspects of Nantou Old Town, one is known as the landmark from the exterior——the gate, which generated the basic form of the chair. The inherent character we called “grow in difference”——which refers to the coexistence between old and new buildings, traditional and modern architecture space——was also reflected in a mixture of recycling bricks and resin that applying to the seat. Due to the use of loose materials, the chair has an unstable structure, which may lead to bending or even breaking over time, embodying the fragility——buildings and houses in the old town were constructed by natives without planning and approval, resulting in unstable structure and demand for structure reinforcement.
▼椅子概览，overview © 毛年书
▼结构具有不稳定性，the chair with an unstable structure © 毛年书
We’ve experimented several pouring techniques to explore the mixed use of resin glue and brick aggregate. As a conclusion, the thickness of the chair should be within 5 cm, and the brick aggregate has to be evenly scattered to prevent from cracks due to internal thermal expansion.
▼南头古城改造现场，on the scene © 厘米制造
model research © 厘米制造
We tried performance art after finishing the Chair. By inviting natives, security man, cleaner, builder, immigrants, designer, retailer, visitor, and delivery man——those who had contributed a lot to the old town——to take pictures on the chair, mutualism, integration and sharing of Nantou Old Town could be truly revealed.
▼行为纪实照片，documentary photos © 毛年书
The Chair of Nantou Old Town is a new explication to the growing in difference and mutual development between the old town and urban village. It is not only an exploration of new design methods, but also extending to the design of furniture and art installation. Recycling construction waste from the process of renovation will be converted into a series of items with lower carbon emissions, exploring the possibility of using them as renewable materials. Red bricks as the basic building material in urban villages were supposed to be the first. Ceramic tiles, water-washed sandstones, concretes, woods and other materials would be subsumed into a systematic work of art installation with conceptual recognition and material variety.
▼多种回收材料再利用示意，reuse of the recycled materials © 厘米制造
▼细部，details © 毛年书
Materials：Red brick, resin, steel
Design Team：CM Design
Site Location：Nanshan District,Shenzhen
Developer：Shenzhen Vanke Development Ltd.
Consultants：Urban Research Institute of China Vanke; vaLue Design
Construction team：Dongguan Lijia Exhibition Services Co.,Ltd.
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