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  6. 2015
  7. Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS

  • 19:00 - 7 June, 2015
Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS
Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS, © Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS

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Text description provided by the architects. A varied group of buildings have been built where once stood a Diesel Engine Factory in Changchun, China. Designed by Beijing & Seoul based architects CHIASMUS, redevelopment of the site focused on the preservation of the existing spatial experience over the actual buildings. The result is a neighborhood that remembers its industrial past through its scale, layout and materials.

© Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS

In many ways the conversion of the old factory site in Changchun is a typical post-industrial redevelopment that includes saving some exemplar buildings and adding contemporary functions. These former factories seldom have a lasting architectural quality, but in spatial and dogmatic organization they represent a defining age in China worth keeping.

Master Plan
Master Plan

Located in North-East China, Changchun - sometimes called the “Detroit of China” because of its automotive industry – has been an important industrial city for the last 100 year. The site is on the border of Changchun’s city center, one block east of the Yitsong river.

© Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS

Standing next to the East expressway the project is on a visually prominent position among a monoculture of new residential towers. By introducing a varied architectural group of buildings and functions organized around a pedestrian street CHIASMUS created a memorable civic space for nearby residents.

James Wei Ke said: “With this project we developed a successful evolutionary neighborhood. The fact that a former industrial center can be transformed into a case study of how work and life can be combined in this post-industrial era represents a small triumph for the developer and the city.

Diesel Engine Factory / CHIASMUS, © Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS

Developed by Vanke in subsequent stages since 2011, each building was developed as an interdependent element. Representation is found in the materiality of the buildings: steel for the old factory, brick for the offices and plaster for the residential tower. A returning visual feature is the customized windows with high insulation glass that provide the buildings with a generous amount of daylight inside while deeper indoors intimate spaces allow for more privacy. This concept complements a variety of spatial qualities and creates comfortable places to work and live.

© Courtesy of CHIASMUS
© Courtesy of CHIASMUS

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