Ren Ren Wu is a waterfront hut in the southern section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space. It is a warm house open to public and providing infrastructure for rest, daily service and medical assistance to every citizen. Therefore, it is named as Ren Ren Wu, literally as The Hut for People.
▼江岸融入景观的杨树浦驿站，The Yangshupu Posthouse at the riverside
源自场地历史的材质特征 | Materiality derived from the site history
Due to the historical background of its century-old industry, each section of the river bank along the Yangpu riverside can be traced back to a long-established industrial site. The site of Ren Ren Wu also has no exceptions. It was formerly the site of Xiangtai Import & Export Lumber Company which had been operated since 1902. According to the memories of some old industrial workers, a number of woods with a diameter of more than 1 meter were still transported, processed and decomposed in this area until the 1990s. Based on this historical background, the design strategy has been determined to use steel-wood structure from the beginning. The design team hopes that mild wood would evoke people’s retrospect and consciousness of this riverside history.
激活场地空间的功能介入 | Functional intervention to activate the site space
The waterfront section where Ren Ren Wu is located is a tower crane performance area. While the tower crane is the background, the pier becomes the stage and the benches in the green are seemed to be the stand, there are often screenings of open-air movies and various folklore performances at night. As a waterfront posthouse, the hut provides drinkable water, first-aid facilities, a holographic projection of riverfront urban model and a micro-library, which fulfills daily fundamental functions. When there is a cultural performance at this area, the station can also serve as an auxiliary room for the stage, which completes the function setting of the entire riverfront section.
▼同塔吊舞台区相互映衬，the posthouse and the tower crane performance area as a background
▼雨后温馨的小屋，the warm hut after the rain
▼木构架与阳光，the wooden structure with sunshine
▼小树林中的木构架，the structure in woods
快速建造的预制拼装体系 | The Prefabrication and Fast Assembly system
The design of the wooden frame applies is based the herringbone as the basic unit which is shaped from the Chinese character ‘Ren(人)’, meaning as human. This makes another reason why people call it Ren Ren Wu. Each unit is repeated and mutually supported to form the overall structure. The wooden rods are made of spruce plywood with the modulus of the spatial structure as 800mm and the cross-sectional dimension as 60mm*60mm. The standardized components, prefabrication and fast on-site assembly line enable us to guarantee a high standard of completion of the project in an extremely tight schedule.
▼绿化掩映下的内部空间，the interior with outdoor environment
▼木构架的网格投影，shadows from the wooden structure
作为表征的外置结构系统 | The exposed and expressive structural system
▼建造过程视频，video of construction
Widely applying interconnected thin rods instead of large-scale beams and columns, the strategy uses a more collaborated system to avoid traditional structure solutions. It results in a translucent interface with a certain thickness, which reduces the misappropriation of waterfront public space by the volume of the building. It also maintains an unique and continuous spatial experience from inside to outside. At the same time, the external timber frame becomes an important element in the waterfront landscape, which makes the building reflect warm light of the wooden structure in the jungle of grass.
▼木构架后的城市天际线，the skyline behind the wooden structure
▼木构架细部，wooden structure detailed view
▼傍晚小屋内休憩的人们，people resting in the hut at night
▼墙身剖透视，perspective section with wall details
▼构件拆解图，exploded axonometric drawing
▼节点细部A，joint detail A
▼节点细部B，joint detail B
▼节点细部C，joint detail C
ARCHITECTS: TONGJI ARCHITECTUREAL DESIGN (GROUP) CO., LTD. ORIGINAL DESIGN STUDIO (MING ZHANG/ZI ZHANG)
DESIGN TEAM: MING ZHANG, ZI ZHANG, SHU QIN，QI ZHANG (INTERN), PINYI LIU (INTERN), CHUZHENGNAN XU (INTERN)
COOPERATOR: JIMU BUILDING TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING (SHANGHAI)
SITE LOCATION: THE EAST-SIDE OF YANGSHUPU PORT BY YANGPU RIVER, SHANGHAI
DESIGN TIME: MARCH 2018—MAY 2018
COMPLETED TIME: JULY 2018
CONSTRUCTION AREA: 72M2
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: YONG ZHANG