The project of folk song culture center in Fengmenglong village, China by Tus-Design Group Company Ltd

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Project Specs


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“古今世界,一大笑府,我与若皆在其中,供人话柄。不话不成人, 不笑不成话,不笑不话不成世界。”


“Ancient and modern world are both in a big comedy house, you and me are in it, for people to talk about. If you don’t talk, you don’t become a man. If you don’t laugh, you can’t make a word. If you don’t laugh, you can’t make a world.”

——Preface to Guangxiao Mansion, Feng Menglong


Design orientation


The site is located at the Feng Geng Shang entrance of Feng Menglong Village. It will play the role of a public activity space for the local residents and promote the residential culture.

▼东侧入口鸟瞰,bird’s-eye view of the entrance  © 章鱼见筑


At the very beginning, the landlord put forward plenty of future space management guidelines for this area, which includes Feng Menglong themed commercial space, large space for exhibitions, restaurant space with kitchen space, residential conference rooms, etc.. In addition, external space for each premise is necessary in case of flexibility for more kinds of activities.

▼沿河景色鸟瞰,bird’s-eye view of the buildings along the river  © 章鱼见筑


Function scheme


Following the core function of being a cultural and tourist architectural complex, this project is mainly divided into three areas, which are centered on the Guangxiao Mansion, the Folk Song House and the visitor center.

▼项目概览,overall of the project © 张超


The Guangxiao Mansion: It has the function to show Feng Menglong’s literary achievements and stage performances could be hold in this space to show his artistic attainments. The Folk Song House: It is to show Feng Menglong’s experience of writing a collection of folk songs from the drinkers in his tavern. The Folk Song House is a specialty restaurant where people can enjoy the Wu dialect folk songs, local dishes and local wine. The visitor center: It is an aggregate of information desk, guide center for visitors, toilets, resting place, etc.. Other supporting facilities and functions: Residential conference rooms, staff offices, storage place, etc..

▼建筑组团&功能划分,groups of buildings& space function compartmentalization © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司


Spatial deduction —— the scattered small volumes echo the village texture


The space partition set the design method. Groups of space are considered in terms of size, arrangement and function. The three function zones are arranged in a line, from West to East. The buildings are divided into four groups, following the uniform massing principle.

▼沿河建筑层次,building arrangement aside the river © 章鱼见筑


The designer would like to create as much positive using space as possible. Thus, the other supporting facilities are put alternately between the four groups of buildings. In this way, both the integrity of use of the large spaces and the connection between the groups could be realized perfectly.

▼房屋外的田园景色,the idyllic view outside the house © 章鱼见筑

▼村口,the entrance of the village © 章鱼见筑


Site deduction —— concession in the enclosed space


The north one is the last one at the end of the long corridor along the river, which is set with an outdoor stage. The long corridor is linked with both internal and outdoor pavements to create a sightseeing loop line. In this loop line, visitors could enjoy the depth of field and the complexity of of the space.

▼游客中心,the visitor center © 章鱼见筑


At the end of the north sightseeing corridor, the designer set a stage for local music opera, which follows the design strategy of expressing the historical literature with modern architecture carriers. The stage is modern weaving structure which opens on all sides. The middle of the stage is raised to attract visitors’ visual focus and ensure the stage effect. Steps are set on both sides of the stage, facing the square, providing daily leisure places for residents during non performance period. This stage not only carries various public activities for residents, but also can be used as a great background for tourists to take photos.

▼戏台,the opera stage © 章鱼见筑


Each group of the buildings are meant to be staggered. The limitation of the long linear site is therefore minimized, and the whole site then takes shape as three small squares. The east one serves as a visitor center service square which connect the whole village to the outside.

▼广笑府入口檐下空间,space under the eaves of guangxiaofu entrance © 章鱼见筑


The south one is the main entrance of the commercial space. In this area, the shoulder eave overhang the ground floor outside the building connect the external field landscape to the internal space smoothly.

▼内外空间由走廊连通,the corridor connects the internal and external space © 章鱼见筑


Heritage and innovation


The design strategy include the following two parts. The first is to keep the original building base texture and massing. The second is that the building style is not a complete imitation of ancient local style but a modern style which expresses the heritage elements with innovative architectural language. Simple sheet walls are adopted at the new entrance facade. Between the walls, concave slope top or transparent glass box are used to prompt the renewal of the original roof, while maintaining the original roof trend of the main building.

▼广笑府镂空立面,the hollow facade of the Guangxiao Mansion © 章鱼见筑


▼镂空砖墙结构,hollow concrete brick structure © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

For the Guangxiao Mansion, the architect combined traditional and modern brick masonry technologies in order to build a complex main facade. Traditional hollow bucket wall masonry method, which is combined with the hollow lattice window and the Shikumen-style, is used in the south first floor of Guangxiao Mansion. The second floor has a whole hollow brick wall in a modern style. The hollow wall is 16.2m wide and 4.9m tall. The structure column and the ring beam are both hidden. The four middle holes of the original eight hole concrete blocks are connected to form a ‘big hole’. The steel bars were placed in the middle holes of the special ‘five hole concrete blocks’ and poured into the core columns, which hidden perfectly. As a result, the hollow brick wall has better overall performance.

▼新旧呼应,heritage and innovation contrast © 章鱼见筑

▼立面细部,details of the facade © 张超 / 章鱼见筑

▼镂空墙后走廊光影,play with light behind the hollow facade © 章鱼见筑


It is hoped that Feng Menglong village can be used as a carrier to carry forward Feng Menglong’s humanistic spirit, so that the local opera culture can be rejuvenated and handed down along the long river course and among the disordered eaves.

▼屋顶层次和玻璃盒子夜景,concave slope tops and the transparent glass box © 章鱼见筑

▼总平, site-plan © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

▼一层平面, ground floor plan © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

▼二层平面, 1st floor plan © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

▼南立面图,south elevation © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

▼剖面, sections © 启迪设计集团股份有限公司

项目设计 & 完成年份:2018-2019 & 2020
主创建筑师: 查金荣

Project name:The project of folk song culture center in Fengmenglong village
Design:Tus-Design Group Company Ltd
Design year & Completion Year:2018-2019 & 2020
Project location:Suzhou, Jiangsu
Gross Built Area (square meters):2169.81 square meters
Photo credits:Octopus Photography & Zhang Chao
Clients:Tus-Design Ju Rong Science and Technology
Material: Porous brick, wood, glass, steel, small green tile

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