Tianjian Square is located at the foot of Baiyun Mountain in the north of Guangzhou, covering a total area of more than 600，000 square meters. After 20 years of development, the plot has been transformed from the earliest freight yard to leading market of hardware for decorative materials and gradually upgraded to a comprehensive service community covering commercial office, professional market, residence, entertainment, cultural activities, art exhibition, community sharing, public garden and other integration. Tianjian Square witnessed the whole process from traditional productivity to commercial trade and then to the era of information media. Being Architects has been involved and responsible for the overall renovation and renewal plan of Tianjian Square since 2016. The scale covers XL- planning, L-landscape, M-building, s-interior and XS device., Like natural growth, continuous renovation makes Tianjian Square gradually become a livable and ommercial art garden community in the city.
▼天健广场概览，overview of the Tianjian Square ©LikyFoto
▼整体改造区域，overall renovation area ©时建筑
A / B building was built in 2000 when exhibition and trade type commercial space prevailed. As the main building of hardware shop for decorative materials, it is a landmark entering the south gate of Tianjian Square. The interior layout is a typical traditional commercial square, with the main passenger streamline as the central lighting axis, the outside surrounding branches as the secondary streamline, and in-between the two lines are full of commercial shops. The former square in front is quite small, in order to make a large turning space for heavy-duty goods vehicle, and because there is no environment, it’s almost empty at ordinary times.With the impact of online consumption on the retail industry, the market format has changed dramatically. Tianjian Square hopes to reshape the image of the main entrance, renovate and upgrade A / B builiding, tap the use potential of the original building, break the original spatial layout, redistrict the regions, add unique fresh elements, and make it a new office display complex that combine rent office, retail display, commercial space and community activities.
▼外活动广场，outdoor activity square ©LikyFoto
▼置入山体装置序列，mountain device sequence ©时建筑
There is no doubt that the form of the original building and the order of the internal and external space are rigid and uninteresting. How to break the rigid sense of space order and rebuild a new interactive environment of shared community is a key point of our thinking. A kind of order intrudes into the original order and forms a new order. The design hopes to establish a new order by intervening a series of man-made abstract art mountain devices in to the space of original building. Orderly mountain devices break down the original rigid form and reshape the impression of the overall space. As a new medium, mountain devices intervene in the original space, reorganize, load and connect the new space-time, so that people’s movement, participation and interaction behavior translate each other, forming a new, three-dimensional, multi-dimensional space with emotional perception. These experimental mountain devices are of different shapes and similar repetition. They form new memory points of the site. While serializing, they also imply the unity of the whole system. They blur the boundaries of landscape, architecture, interior and artistic installations. Design hopes to provide another possibility and model in the wave of urban renewal, in addition to the “standard” method of wearing clothes and hats and rapid construction.
▼室外山体序列，outdoor mountain device sequence ©LikyFoto
▼室内山体序列，indoor mountain device sequence ©LikyFoto
▼前广场改造策略，design strategy of front square ©时建筑
The outer square is the starting point of the mountain devices sequence, which is defined as the landmark of the main entrance. Its extension is appropriately expanded, landscape and traffic is reorganized to create a large garden of the south gate. After renovation, it is divided into five districts: water feature, coffee garden, entrance drop-off area, activity square and leisure negotiation area. The scale of the square is reasonably controlled. The view is limited by the half height water feature. The whole entrance area can be seen on one side, and the garden path can be seen on the other side. During daytime employees drink coffee and talk under the trees, while surrounding residents walk and chat at night.
▼广场入口全景，panoramic view of square entrance ©LikyFoto
The edge of the plaza is defined by a continuous art folding wall that is high on the center and low on both sides. It forms the background of the plaza together with a 3m high mountain alike water feature. At the same time, it also effectively isolates the messy external environment and unpleasant traffic noise. The mountain form is composed of continuous deformation of different triangle volumes. The paper-cut abstract art folding wall is intermittently inserted into it, making the space more flexible, shaping different activity areas and viewing angles, and recording the stamp of the tree shadow.
▼广场景观局部，close-up of hill landscape ©LikyFoto
▼折板艺术墙局部，close-up of folding art wall ©LikyFoto
▼停车场小山体和折板树影，parking hills and tree shadow on the folding wall ©LikyFoto
Coffee garden and leisure area are respectively on both sides of the building, which are closely connected with the interior space. They are the extension of coffee bar and business center. Through the extension at the bottom of the mountain, it forms a semi-enclosed space with the surrounding landscape hills. A unique landscaped garden is formed by planting different types of trees.
▼内花园景观局部，close-up of inner garden ©LikyFoto
▼透过花园看广场，square view from garden ©LikyFoto
▼透过洞口看花园，garden view from opening ©LikyFoto
▼花园的日景和夜景，day and night views of the garden ©LikyFoto
The entrance area is composed of several groups of different sizes of abstract mountains, which is a triangle shape composed by two metal sides and a lawn surface. The direction of lawn surface is different, which is leading people walking from different directions into the entrance. The V-shaped canopy floats on the mountain group, defining the pedestrian entrance, vehicle passage and drop off area. The semitransparent ceiling and mirror stainless steel ceiling make the entrance space mottled with light, whirling with trees, swaying with wind and full of vitality.
▼入口区，the entrance ©LikyFoto
▼入口山体夜景，night view of entrance ©LikyFoto
While the mountain device disintegrates the original rigid space, it also creates and reconstructs a new order for people and space. Mountain sequence is not only a visual guide of space, but also a shared space with different functions, which forms a variety of daily interaction with the original space and human behavior mode. The intervention of these devices with new functional space makes each mountain have a unique memory code, forming a number of new spatial coordinates in the original homogeneous space.
▼室内山体装置，indoor mountain device ©LikyFoto
▼抽象化山体景观空间，abstract mountain landscape ©时建筑
The rich and varied colors of the four seasons mountains are designed into the installation sequence. The setting of landscape elements combines with the natural light of atrium, hoping to give more natural attributes to the site and make people consciously and instinctively associate with the natural ecological environment. A few color of conflict, arousing people’s potential emotions, hopes to bring a sense of pleasure. Each device is an independent mountain landscape. After the formation of repeated sequence, it makes people walk inside as if they are in the close-up, mid-range and long-term view in the painting, standing on this mountain and looking at the other. The design of different openings forms different views like borrowed views, opposite views and frame views, which makes people have different feelings step by step in the space.
▼景观化的山体序列与色彩变化，landscape mountain sequence and color change ©LikyFoto
▼室内山体装置活动，indoor mountain activities ©时建筑
Each mountain device carries different spaces of public participation. Front desk, reception, negotiation, golf, book bar, public exhibition hall, roadshow platform, snooker bar, meeting room, leisure bar, gallery, indoor rock climbing, parent-child activities and a series of diversified social activity spaces are put into it. They are distributed at different heights of the mountain, and the combination forms of different scenes also bring richness and diversity to the shared space. The design hopes to reshape and activate the original space through people’s daily participation in the mountain activities, so that it can become a space suitable for the new shared commune.
▼前台接待山体夜景效果，reception mountain in entrance atrium ©LikyFoto
▼山体活动空间，mountain activity space ©LikyFoto
▼卫星图，satellite map ©时建筑
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©时建筑
▼山体装置立面图，mountain device elevation ©时建筑
▼入口景观山体立面图，entrance hill landscape elevation ©时建筑
▼景观山体构造图，landscape hill detail ©时建筑
项目设计 & 完成年份： 2018.11-2019.11
建筑师：戴家明 郭源 冯熠
设计团队成员：朱韵彤 李玉青 陈杰 梁启富 陈晓聪 江建伦
Project name: Tianjian Top Region
Design: BEING ARCHITECTS
Design year & Completion year: 2018.11-2019.11
Architect: Jiaming Dai , Yuan Guo , Yi Feng
Design Team: Yuntong Zhu, Yuqing Li, Jie Chen, Qifu Liang, Xiaocong Chen, Jianlun Jiang
Project location: Guangzhou
A&A GFA: 37830 m²
A&A landscape Area: 8470 m²
Photo credits: LikyFoto
Clients: Guangdong Tianjian Commercial Community