▼环卫工人休憩站外观，external view of the Rest Station for Sanitation Workers ©王恺
With the development of the times, the transition from rapid incremental growth to slow stock development in many cities have been completed. So many of the architectural practices we have done in the process of urban renewal are also more suitable for a bottom-up approach, from the individual level to the complex city level, using urban plug-ins to activate the area, building an open platform and achieving public urban design consensus.
WE SHARE Micro-Nest, public welfare community construction practice project initiated by the architectural design firm, to build a city furniture for citizens to share. Designers hope to attract public participation with behavior by building such a miniature “city plug-in”, they will contribute more to urban public services and become responsible for their communities, thus activate the spiritual vitality of the entire district. The Micro-Nest carries the memory of the street, creating the unique charm of the community.
▼阅读书屋外观，external view of the Reading house ©王恺
Rest Station for Sanitation Workers
Designers hope to provide them with a platform to share resources through city plug-ins. At the initial site selection, the location of Hailun Road intersection was found. The south side of the site was on the side of the park, and the north side was the New Age Kindergarten. The physical environment was superior, but it was found through on-site observation that few people stopped here. During the day, only in the morning when the kindergarten children do morning exercises, some residents will take smaller children to watch the activities in the garden outside the wall. Therefore, the design focuses on maximizing the advantages of the physical environment, providing the sanitation workers with a place to rest, and revitalizing the entire area.
▼休息站外观，external view of the rest station ©王恺
Through the analysis of the working conditions of sanitation workers, they have two hours of lunch break every day. In addition, the rest station is only used to store their belongings, while the main space is idle. The purpose of this design is to explore the possibility of interaction between social groups, and to make efficient use of public resources from the perspective of environmental protection and energy conservation. Taking this as a starting point, the designer put forward the idea of using time-sharing: with a cube as the parent body, two pieces of maintenance door panels can be opened to the inside and outside, providing a space for the sanitation workers and urban residents to develop in a time-division manner. When sanitation workers need to use the building, the building can provide a relatively closed and private space for rest. When sanitation workers are working, buildings can provide more social places for citizens as urban furniture.
▼装置可供环卫工人休息使用，the installation could be used for sanitation workers to rest ©王恺
技巧与选材 | Skills and materials
In addition to meeting the functions, urban renewal should pay more attention to people’s psychological feelings and life experience. Therefore, a behavioral memory point is preserved in the site design, which broadens the tread surface of the kindergarten wall, so that residents can watch the activities inside the kindergarten more safely and comfortably. At the same time, it also wants to stimulate new behavioral memory points, and combine human behavior with the big trees in the middle of the field. Children can sit around the tree and walk around the tree.
when the door is closed, the seats corresponded with the tree;
when the door opens, the seats are for indoor use ©王恺
The kernel space of the variable space, as the main interface that the body touches when the person is resting, the original wood which is close and warm is adopted. The shell interface is the main image display, and the colorful aluminum plate is used to create a rich visual and environmental experience, and the different perspectives show different colors under different light. Thus, human activities and the environment together constitute the most dynamic variable.
▼铝板塑造丰富的视觉体验，aluminum facade creates rich visual experience ©王恺
▼木材给人以亲切温暖之感，wooden material brings a warm feeling ©王恺
相关数据 | Relevant data
The rest station for sanitation worker covers an area of about 81.5 m2 and a building area of 7.87 m2. The building height is 2.85m.
▼内部空间的设计符合使用需求，the interior design follows the requirements of the sanitation workers ©王恺
创新和挑战 | Innovation and challenges
The designer hopes that the community plug-in in the darkness of the night will also provide warm light to people, so the lighting design of the building is also very important. The ceiling lights inside the building and the wall lights in the seating area ensure the basic illumination of the interior and the environment. Three spotlights are placed around the tree, and the light is slowly passed through the trunk to the environment. The light strip on the backrest and step, and the lighting on the upper part of the wooden grille illuminate the outline and details of the building, echoing the horizontal lines of the background wall. The step light strip also serves as a safety reminder. Before the renovation, at night, the corner of Helun Road was almost completely dark. After the introduction of the lighting, it became a place for citizens to act at night.
▼夜景，night view ©王恺
The second city plug-in is the reading house. In today’s impetuous society, reading becomes a luxury for some people, and there is a lack of space in one’s busy and monotonous life to contemplate and relish. Designers hope to awaken more people’s interest in reading through the combination of architecture and installation.
▼书屋外观，external view of the reading house ©王恺
项目描述 | Project description
Reading House is located in the Citizen Square on the Hailun Road Street. The entrance is bounded, the east side is the reading area with open space, and the large glass windows welcome the first sunshine in the morning. The west side is borrowing and reading area, as well as a meditation area, which is more private.
interior space with large glass facade ©王恺
技巧与选材 | Skills and materials
▼旋转木结构温暖而富有张力，the twisted wooden frame creates a warm and tensioned space ©王恺
In the childhood bookstore, there must be a lot of children sitting between the bookshelves. The space is generally small and even somewhat depressed. But for the reader, it is an attractive, undisturbed corner. Bringing this memory into the design, using the rotation of the square wooden frame to express the gravitational force of the interior space, while forming a smart exterior shape. Native wood is selected to realize the skin is the structure, the structure is the space. People are exposed to a twisted wooden frame structure, feeling a warm and tensioned space. The structural rotation makes the gradual curve generated by the internal space not only get rid of the dull feeling brought by the single reading space, but also provides the possibility of change of space utilization. In the lighting design, the local lighting in the reading area is chosen to have decorative lighting, taking into account the visual experience inside and outside. The illumination of the west side area is more focused on the overall rendering of the spatial surface.
▼窗边阅读区，reading area beside the window ©王恺
相关数据 | Relevant data
The Reading House covers an area of about 23.9 m2 and a building area of 16.8 m2. The building height is 4.3m.
创新和挑战 | Innovation and challenges
It is a challenge for designers to achieve the unification of structure and exterior styling. Even a small space of less than 20m2 blends the minds of architects and structural designers. In order to ensure the safety and practicability of the Reading House, the base is reinforced in structure, and the on-site construction is checked. At the same time, it simulates the structural stability of the book house under various external harsh weather conditions. It is expected that the roughness and sharp corners of the wood may cause harm to the readers and children, and the indoor and outdoor woods are polished and painted. The furniture in the meditation area is designed as a curve that blends in with the interior space to ensure safety while increasing internal space utilization.
▼木材经过表面处理，保证安全性，the wood is treated to ensure safety ©王恺
The placement of these two city plug-ins conveys a social spirit of sharing and respecting to the public. Designers believe that urban public facilities should present a service manner to users. Therefore, the design should weaken the limitations of the function as much as possible to make it more open and more inclusive. Let users explore and interpret the different stories that may happen here in the future.
The space that once abandoned has been cured and activated, so that sanitation workers can have a place to shelter from the rain and wind, arouse the public’s enthusiasm for reading, and convey the beauty and warmth. It is the meager strength of designing for urban life.
▼装置点亮城市公共空间，the installation vitalized the public space in the city ©王恺
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018年7月
Project name: WE SHARE
Designer: Qingdao Tengyuan Design Institute Co.,Ltd
Company website: www.tengyuan.com.cn
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project design and completion time: July 2018
Project executive: Wang Zhenming
Project manager: Cui Ling
Chief designer: Liu Xin, Zhu Shuhan
Design team: Su Yifan, Yang Guohua, Li Weijie, Guo Yang
Project team: Wang Wanjun, Zhou Yiru, Xia Zedi, Liu Xiaoyu
Architecture consultant: Wang Wei
Structure consultant: Sun Shaodong, Wang Lei
Photographer: Wang Kai
Acknowledgement: Light and Space Studio and architecture department faculty from School of Architecture and Urban Rural Planning, Qingdao University of Technology
Project location: Hailun road street, Shibei District, Qingdao, China
GFA: Sanitation worker station of 81.5 sqm and reading house of 16.8 sqm
Photography copyright: Qingdao Tengyuan Design Institute Co.,Ltd
Client: Hailun road sub-district office, Shibei district, Qingdao
Brands: Peng Wei Wood company, Avin Trading Co., Ltd, Guangdong Sanxiong Aurora Lighting Co., Ltd