In this project, we were asked by our client to reconstruct the facade of a main commercial building within one of Qingdao’s fashion industrial parks. The project is situated only a road away from the sea and it is in fact overlooking the shoreline. The new facade looks to establish a more intimate connection between the designer hotel on the other side of the park and the adjacent office building, which hosts many fashion events throughout the years and provides various fashion journalism functions to the local fashion community. We hope to lead and to connect the seemingly unrelated elements of fashion, ocean, and commerce together through artistic means.
城市尺度 | Urban Scale
▼细长的立面成为连接会场的城市节点，the narrow and long facade would essentially function like a linkage to connect city nodes and venues together
Despite the scope of the project, we attempt to view our design problem from a wider perspective and to approach the design at a city scale. This narrow and long (150-meter-long, one-storey-high) facade would essentially function like a linkage to connect city nodes and venues together during fashion events. As such, the demand to enhance the walking experience within the park is arguably more significant than the needs to further improve the park’s existing commercial functions. The original facade was an ordinarily painted wall. We believe that not only should we provide a more positive visual appeal for the local businesses, but we also ought to provide a higher level of artistic experience to further compliment the fashion events.
▼潮汐的起伏涨落为立面的形态提供了参考原型，the shaping of the facade was inspired by the shifting of waves
建筑语言的转译 | Architectonic Interpretation
Tides, wind directions and wind force convert the sea into different manifestations. Additionally, the changes of light and climate, and the shifting of waves strongly influence the mood and emotion of the park visitors. As people are often enchanted by the endless changes in natural phenomenon, we wondered why can’t we extract architecture syntax from such sentiment, thereby transforming the ordinary facade of commerce into a solidified sculpture.
▼普通的立面被转变为一座凝固的雕塑，the ordinary facade of commerce was transformed into a solidified sculpture
参数化设计 | Parameterize
We intended to solidify the dynamic sea surface parametrically so that it could be properly panelized and fabricated. The crushing wave surface is analyzed and classified into different geometrical patterns and then brought into the facade segments, whose fractal nature is expressed by self-similar arcs. In a large number of faceted tests, we found the right size and thickness of the curved surface to balance the cost of producing the entire wall, and the visual experience of bump shape. The inside and outside corners of the original building were completely incorporated into the representation of the facets, while the corners were carefully subdivided so that the curves could seamlessly flow over the facade to form a unified system.
▼立面细部，facade detailed view
时尚与建筑的结合 | Fashion as Second Skin
From a modern and analytical point of view, we realized the intersection of the sea and the city as environmental conditions on the architectural scale, and redefined the possible combinations of fashion and architecture: we created a second skin, which is not merely a superficial shell, but one with a body and a depth. The permeability of the louver allows the original building walls and its basic functions to be seen. The relationship between the dynamic mass and the structure further implies the dependency of fashion fabric to human body, and simultaneously responds to the design intention of attempting to satisfy the city’s demand for a contemporary fashion venue.
▼动感的百叶与建筑结构的关系暗示了时装的布料与身体的依附关系，the relationship between the dynamic mass and the structure further implies the dependency of fashion fabric to human body
▼立面及剖面图，facade and section
设计方：时境建筑 Atelier Alter
设计团队：张家赫 Waitek Chan 颜然 宋利东 达雪芸
照片版权：时境建筑 Atelier Alter
Client：Qingdao Zhongfang Yilian Development Investment Co., Ltd.
Architect: Atelier Alter
Chief Designer: Xiaojun Bu，Yingfan Zhang
Design Team: Jiahe Zhang, Waitek Chan, Ran Yan, Lidong Song, Xueyun Da
Curtain Wall Consultant：Youfu Yan
General Contractor：Shenzhen Keyuan Construction Group Co., Ltd. Jinan Branch
Cost: 6.7 million
Photographs: Atelier Alter