Renovation of Nanjing Fight Equipment Manufacturing unit / Combine Structure
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Nanjing Fight Equipment Manufacturing unit is positioned on the west facet of Hongshan within the north of the town and is close by the Nanjing Railway Station. The manufacturing facility was constructed within the Nineteen Fifties. With the enlargement of the town and industrial growth, the manufacturing division moved out, which ends up in the idling of the unique manufacturing facility. Round 2006, folks tried to resume the manufacturing facility, hoping to reopen it because the artistic industrial heart. Nonetheless, for some motive, the constructing failed to draw folks’s consideration though it’s renewed.
After the reconstruction, new partitions had been constructed, bricks had been paved, and the entire constructing was painted, which hides industrial reminiscence. Previously 20 years, the vegetation steadily spreads to the manufacturing facility space, making an attempt to cowl the facade of the manufacturing facility. The manufacturing facility is corroding by nature, standing on the fringe of the neighborhood, and forgotten by the folks and metropolis.
On the finish of 2020, the proprietor entrusted MIX Structure to renovate and replace the manufacturing facility, hoping to make it a composite rising park with an workplace as the principle physique. Moreover defending the present bushes, architects want to point out the historical past of the constructing and make the renovated constructing capable of observe the language of the town. Through the design course of, we had been impressed by essentially the most enticing attribute of the unique constructing, which is the crimson brick wall. Renovating the park in a critical however informal manner. We expect the principle attribute of the manufacturing facility is “crimson”.
The explanations are complicated however easy. First, the manufacturing facility locates on the west facet of Hongshan. In Chinese language “hong” means crimson. Second, the manufacturing facility was established across the Nineteen Fifties, folks favor to name the reminiscence in that interval “crimson reminiscence”. Third, in some sense, the crimson brick constructing could possibly be thought of a “crimson constructing”. After consideration, Combine Structure decides to make use of crimson bricks, crimson concrete blocks, crimson terrazzos, and crimson face bricks as the principle materials of the constructing.
These supplies come from totally different intervals, standing for the totally different development strategies. After the renovation, the park may observe the language of the town higher in an entire and clear manner. Reshaping folks’s reminiscence of the manufacturing facility in a well-recognized and unfamiliar manner.
After deciding on the fabric of the park, the subsequent purpose is to reinforce the individuality of every constructing within the park and set up the connection between people and nature. The place of the wall and the totally different rhythm in every house conjures up the next design course of. The low courtyard wall has been positioned with the on-site vegetation, separating the general public house from the person house. It eliminates the peak distinction of the location, fills the hole between the buildings, and offers every constructing distinctive house beneath the premise of the integrity of the location.
The stable and substantial wall is a crucial half to information folks from the street to steadily stroll into the zone and enter the inside house. The continuity of indoor and outside areas supplies an entire expertise. Every constructing has a window extending to the encompassing mountain or nature. When guests enter the constructing, the sturdy and thick crimson shade steadily substitutes nature.
Typically, Combine Structure needs folks to grasp the renovated constructing by three steps —acknowledging, feeling, and experiencing. The structure turns into a connector, utilizing the adjustments of house and supplies, making an attempt to dialogue with the town, historic architectural buildings, and nature on totally different ranges, which connects the town, historical past, and nature collectively. Individuals will know the existence of the constructing first. Whereas strolling across the constructing, guests will discover the historic ambiance by the supplies. After getting into the constructing, guests shall be attracted by the surroundings exterior home windows and construct connections with nature ultimately.