Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus - Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Location: Huake Rd, Qingpu, , China
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Gao Lin, Liu Qian, Wang Longhai
Completion: 2012
Building Area: 14,360 sqm
Site Area: 10,906 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

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Whole theme is based on such idea: on the premise of adapting adjacent urban scale, a small inner public space of human scale will be created in order to reconstruct the memory of traditional townscape scale.

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As we understand the nature of Teenager’s Center, the whole program was divided into a serial of small individual functional spaces which was utilized by various types of open spaces such as courtyard, plaza and lane. The kids’ adventure was encouraged by the environment. We hope them experiencing what they might achieve in a small town, such as numerous possibilities of destination, wandering and meeting with unexpected. In the other word, we create a place of social interaction and human care for the teenagers.

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A building could also become a small city.

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Cite: "Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus" 26 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Anduy Do

    Why does it have to look so bleak?

    • Tom Peeters

      my thought exactly. And when they use color, they use pastels….
      I do like how they play with different volumes.
      The doubble layerd facade….hmm…I don’t know, looks kinda dated.

      • Als

        Exactly my ideas. It’s bleak as a sanctuary but the small town idea is good.
        Also worth mentioning it clearly reminds the work of Sanaa, as many contemporary projects do.

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  • Gordon

    Libeskind? Jewish Memorial? If they had left out the planters . . .