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  7. Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C

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Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C

  • 00:00 - 28 February, 2018
Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C
Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques
Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques

© Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang + 65

  • Architects

  • Location

    251 Tai Hua Nan Lu, Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kai Cui, Keyao Wang,Rubing Zhang, Aurelien Chen
  • Design Team

    Keyao Wang,Rubing Zhang, Aurelien Chen, Yang Liu, Fan Gao, Yang Cao
  • Landscape Designer

    Jun Feng
  • Construction Drawing

    China Northwest Building Design Research
  • Collaborators

    Western Institute of Seismic and Building Design + Design Institute of Xi’an University of Architecture And Technology
  • Paper model

    Jianjun Song
  • Award

    Second Place at 2A Asia Architcture Award 2016 Old and New category – Vienna
  • Area

    84790.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

Text description provided by the architects. The site of Dahua Cotton Mill is just on the side of Xi'an’s Daming Palace Ruins Park which is the world historical heritage of Tang Dynasty.  And the cotton mill  itself which was founded in 1935 is the earliest modern fabric factory in northwest China.

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

After decades of intensive urban development in China and massive destruction strategies, this project challenges our responsibility as architects. Our renovation strategy is to emphasize historical traces by making them the key elements of the project. They will no t only become urban landmarks, but also give an identity to the newly created spaces while preserving the soul of the place.

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang
Site plan
Site plan
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

This project is our proposal for a sustainable development of the Chinese City. By eliminating urban boundaries and creating a wide variety of public spaces, the city becomes porous. It regenerates and adapts itself to new uses and becomes multifunctional. Its dilapidated walls remind of the past and give the people a sensitive and poetic way of experiencing their city.

© Aurelien Chen
© Aurelien Chen
Section
Section
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

To redesign such a high-density factory into an attractive public place for arts activities and creative offices, the design scheme distinguished the individual buildings with different ages and treated them with different design methods.

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

For the elder ones, those smaller and separated brick-timber buildings, the “careful addition” strategy is used to add some small-scale structure to connect functional spaces and make the courts into café, restaurant and other service facilities.

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

Those huge structures built in recent years are revaluated with their remarkable sawtoothed skylight. By the “positive subtraction” strategy, the original auxiliary rooms are displaced by streets and plazas, which form a new pedestrian system that invites citizen to enter the culture park for culture activities.

© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang
© Guangyuan Zhang

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Cite: "Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C" 28 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/889760/renovation-of-xian-dahua-textile-mill-china-architecture-design-group-land-based-rationalism-drc/> ISSN 0719-8884
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西安大华1935:纱厂厂房及生产辅房改造 / 中国建筑设计院本土设计研究中心