An attempt to the symbiosis between cities and villages
Tianjian Square is a large commercial park in Northern Guangzhou, adjacent to an urban village which is concentrated by a large number of e-commerce merchants, while its periphery is close to a high-density residential area occupied by real estate developers.
Since 2000, the development of the Internet economy has greatly changed the structure of the entire market. The dominant merchants of Tianjian Square have gradually varied from the original merchants of hardware and decoration materials to the cultural industry park that focus on IOT storage, O2O business and information commerce. By this time, the relation between Tianjian Square and the urban village is no longer isolated like there are high walls built between. New forms of business and economy have assisted to shorten the distance and to break the boundary between the park and the village simultaneously, hence letting mutual integration to become the new type of cooperation. Under such condition, Z is created.
▼以城村为背景的Z展览空间，an exhibition space in the urban village context ©曾喆
In order to create an online synchronous display and experiential venue – not only for the internal part of the park, but also to provide a public platform for the e-commercial village, the customer has decided to build an open public space by the boundary of the commercial park and the village. The space is specifically located on the rooftop of a warehouse, which could overlook the entire urban village. It could be used as an open living room for the park, or a compound e-commercial platform – it is a collective space which integrates exhibition area, SHOW field, photography site and communication space into one.
The existence of Z draws merchants from the surrounding e-commercial village to the park. It leads to an enhancement on its rental value as a recreational facility of the park, while also attracts residents from the nearby areas to the park for leisure consumption. This is not only a breakthrough in the new integration of different Form Structure, but could also be seen as an active attempt of the park to achieve a sense of symbiosis between cities and villages.
▼Z空间位于城市边界，Z VERANDA is located on the edge of the city ©时建筑
In the process of industrialization and urbanization in the recent ten years, the boundary between the park and the peripheral villages has been continuously clarified. On the left side of the road is the “village” with spontaneous and barbaric growth and on the right side is the “city” which has been planned under the guidance of economic agents.
As time goes by, ‘village’ and ‘city’ develop into two different scales. On one hand, high-density of ‘handshaking buildings’ are constantly rebuilt and occupied the area of the homestead to the hilt; on the other hand, large scales of complex buildings are arising along with the continuously expanding commercial park. It ends up with the display of two distinctive images – one is village houses with high dense windows being wrapped in various cheap mosaics or color paints, and the other one is industrial factory with large scale of grey and white windows that has strong style of industrialization.
Based on the particularity that Z site is located at the boundary between cities and villages, the design intends to place an exhibition of installation art against the background of the huge contrast between cities and villages. It aims to superimpose all the historical pieces so that a magical and surreal city of image could be created, and the possibility of the symbiosis between cities and villages in various sites could be explored within different spatial order.
Exhibitions and activities
Due to the uncertainty of the duration of the Z-Exhibition, the construction of it is divided into two phases. The first phase will be semi-exterior and implemented on the southern side of the banked roof; while the second phase will be an interior space constructed on the northern side. In order to let the entire space become more flexible and allow individual space of different functions to be relatively independent but still connected, a continuous white arcade has been created based on the modulus of the existing bottom structure of the original factory. The arcade is connected to the entrance of the front area of the veranda, and serves as the core runway space. Various types of movable installations are arranging inside the part of white arcade which has a roof on top. These installation parts will be moved around or adjusted depends on the contents of the exhibition, and they are even connected to small exhibition, photographing and activity space of different themes in the exterior. Z is not only the recreational facility of the park, but it also offer exhibition venues for the public, with some of it may even become photography site for the e-commercial village.
▼展览活动空间，exhibition & activity spaces ©时建筑
The white arcade is the main functional component of the whole space, as well as the structural skeleton to construct the internal spatial order. Every single arched unit helps to connect all areas together. Due to the different demands of different activities, exhibition and product photographing, the ratio of height to width of the arcade is hence, constructed based on the regular exhibition viewing distance and space. However, if there are any special requirements, the semi-enclosed arcade could transform to an enclosed/semi-enclosed interior space by closing the curtains up.
▼半围合的拱廊，the semi-enclosed arcade ©曾喆
Being as an exhibition space of day view, the light film can well absorb and allow partial light to shine evenly into the interior. A comfortable lighting atmosphere could be created while the arcade could also be shined by uniform light source. Thus, an expert semi-enclosed space for photography is created. By the night time, when the exhibition arcade transforms into a fashion runway, the light source by the interior part of the light film will evenly illuminates its lower part. The exhibition arcade now becomes the stage. Various colors of lights from the interior would create a luminous and dreamlike scene after it is reflected by the light films, making the models seem like walking within colorful bubbles.
▼拱廊日景&夜景，arcade daytime view & night view ©曾喆
The lobby of the entrance is the starting point of the white arcade as well as the prelude of the exhibition. A giant installation in an arched shape would guide people move from the crowded street to the elevator, passing through the entrance lounge area to the lobby. The lobby makes a beautiful response to the simplicity of the industrial nature through its white walls, grey cement floor and the black steel plates. Meanwhile, the insert of timber corridor well connects the lounge and the greenhouse, conveying a pure sense of nature with the incoming sunlight.
Together with a lounge in a glasshouse garden, the entrance area forms a temporary transitional space which filled with sunlight and sense of nature through the intersection of the arcade and the skylights in the sloping roof, intending to provide a relaxed atmosphere to the arriving people shortly.
▼花园休闲空间，the garden lounge ©曾喆
According to the Brazilian landscape architect Barragan, color, light, and simple geometry is all about expressing inner emotions. In order to respond to the sense of hyper-reality embedded within the high-density urban village, there is a strong contrast created between the white arcade and a purely landscaped garden constructed by color-blocked walls. The doors, windows, holes and walls interlaced with each other. Even though there seems to be a collision between all types of elements and colors, they somehow still achieve a sense of harmony. The strong visual impact helps to construct an extreme artistic space.
▼艺术花园，Art garden ©曾喆
The simple geometry of the walls and structures, together with the minimalist color collocation, has introduced the space with a magical sense of poetry. The light and shadow projected on the ground and walls move slowly with the change of light throughout the day, just like a psychedelic dance. A walk into an imaginary exotic city seems like to be introduced through the interplay of shadow and light. Under the illumination of the sun, the artistic colors and the composition of walls have presented an interesting contrast to the colorful Mosaic facades of the urban village. In this moment, there is a harmony risen up between the sense of silence and the noise.
▼艺术化的色彩和墙体构成，the artistic colors and the composition of walls ©曾喆
The creation of the garden started off as a tribute to Barragan’s work. It contains a private reception room which surrounded by the entire exterior landscape. The design intended to produce a poetic landscape architectural space through decomposing and the reconstructing the basic element of the wall. Such a sense of poetry could approach much closer to the reality in different levels. Firstly, being as a colorful environment that derived from the foreign, the space intends to bring much more fun to the visitors; Secondly, through the display of light, color, landscape and other elements, the building becomes a compensation for the daily exhibition place.
a poetic landscape architectural space was created through decomposing and the reconstructing the basic element of the wall
Sometimes the walls would form a corridor; sometimes the nature would be incorporated into the courtyard; sometimes the roof terrace would becomes the most important space of the building, where the sky becomes the ceiling; and sometimes the walls would lowered their body to communicate with nature. All of these are reflected in the colorful walls – which humanized the landscape without neglecting the existence of nature.
▼墙体细节，wall details ©曾喆
▼拱廊，the arcade ©曾喆
Each space of the garden is hidden behind a wall of different colors, while each wall becomes a stage background for another space. The bright plaster walls and dappled light and shadow form an independent world of color, thus establishing a connection between rationality and sensibility, between landscape architecture, nature and people. It exists as a response to the cold and disorderly industrialized urban environment.
▼泥灰墙和斑驳光影，the plaster walls and dappled light and shadow ©曾喆
Wave of industrialization
Container could be seen as the historical witness of industrialization and logistics. Through actions of splitting, regrouping, stacking, interlacing, stretching, etc., the original abandoned container on the site are used to construct a space with a semi-exterior terrace for performance, an indoor bar and a second floor platform.
▼集装箱搭建的空间，the container structure ©曾喆
The inner space of the container is decorated with bright color and becomes a place for people to gather and communicate. The containers are overlapped with each other in different directions, so while it offers space for viewing the surrounding cities, it is also presenting everything from its inner space. When night comes, people could certainly enjoy spending their time here chatting and drinking.
▼酒吧和观演露台，the bar and the terrace for performance ©曾喆
The coffee bar is located by the end of the exhibition, composed of primary-colored hot pressed steel plates and light colored galvanized steel sheets. As the coda to the exhibition, the bar responds to the external environment with its simple image and the sense of power of raw production materials, reshaping the impression of industrialized materials perfectly.
▼咖啡吧，coffee bar ©曾喆
▼钢板墙面，the steel wall detail ©曾喆
To be continued
瓦尔特·本雅明曾说 “没有一张面孔的超现实感能够达到与城市的真实面孔相同的程度。” 如今互联网改变了人们的生活方式，爆炸式的数字化信息和迅速更迭的城市空间彷佛后现代图像的叠加。设计希望用空间展览记录并传递这一当代的景象，创造一个舞台剧般的场所，将历史中的空间片段重组，让不同时间的场景片断叠加并使之戏剧化，打造一个图像之域。
Walter Benjamin once said that “there is not a face that can reach the same degree of surreal sense as the real face of the city.” Nowadays, the Internet has changed the way people live, the explosion of digital information and rapidly altering urban space seem like a superposition of postmodern images.The design intends to record and transmit such a contemporary scene through the exhibition. By creating a theatre-like place, recombine the spatial fragments from the history, superimpose and even dramatize the scene from different times, the design finally creates a domain of image.
Several sets of movable installations are designed as the background for the stage play, providing the possibility for different scenes to be replaced and combined. However, as independent individuals, they are the protagonists of the exhibition which symbolize fragments of the city, as well as the signpost that guide arrivals from the front lobby to the interior of the site.
▼可移动装置，movable installations ©曾喆
Z is a compound site that integrates photography, social interaction and exhibition as a whole, and it is the first attempt of Tianjian Square to break the boundary between city and village with the mode of commercial symbiosis. Perhaps in the future, more possibility for mutual integration and coexistence between cities and villages will be explored.
▼展览细节，exhibition details ©曾喆
项目名称 ：天健 Z VERANDA
项目设计 & 完成年份： 2018.03-2019.03
建筑师：戴家明 郭源 冯熠
设计团队成员：陈杰 杨翔 张嘉毅 朱韵彤 李玉青 江建伦
材料：卡布隆 户外埃特板 废弃集装箱 金刚砂地坪 水泥砖 户外灯膜 碳化木 热轧钢板 花岗岩碎石 户外涂料
Project name ：Tianjian Z VERANDA
Design : BEING ARCHITECTS
Design year & Completion year : 2018.03-2019.03
Leader designer & Team :
Architect： Jiaming Dai , Yuan Guo , Yi Feng
Design Team： Jie Chen， Xiang Yang， Jiayi Zhang， Yuntong Zhu， Yuqing Li， Jianlun Jiang
Project location: Guangzhou
GFA : 3800 m²
Photo credits : Zeng Zhe
Clients : Z STUDIO
Material：Polycarbonate, Outdoor Eterpan, Abandoned containers, Emergy flooring, Concrete bricks, Outdoor light membrane, Carbonized wood, Hot-Rolled steel plate, Granite gravel, Outdoor paint