Tianhe Youth Commune / O-office Architects

Tianhe Youth Commune / O-office Architects
Green Canyon created out of the abandoned site. Image © Chaos. Z
Green Canyon created out of the abandoned site. Image © Chaos. Z

Green Canyon created out of the abandoned site. Image © Chaos. ZFloating landscaping bridges. Image © Chaos. ZOutdoor staircase and floating bridge. Image © Zhi XiaGymnasium on the roof-top. Image © Zhi Xia+ 35

Landscaping bridges suturing between the former warehouses. Image © Chaos. Z
Landscaping bridges suturing between the former warehouses. Image © Chaos. Z

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Tianhe District of Guangzhou City, the Shadong village, where sits the buildings of this project, was erected in December 1995. The local economic corporation in the late 90s constructed on the commune’s fringe land a 4-storey warehouse leased to the Guangzhou Book Center for their new book storage.

Floating landscaping bridges. Image © Chaos. Z
Floating landscaping bridges. Image © Chaos. Z

Eight years ago, the company constructed a new five-story warehouse building on the northern side of the previous one.The status quo of the site is now one new and one old vacant multi-story warehouse building. The compound’s accessibility from the city is poor, but they own the beautiful scenic view of Baiyun Mountain.

Implanted in bridges system running through from the entrance to the roof
Implanted in bridges system running through from the entrance to the roof

In consideration of these two multi-storey warehouses, without long history or any spatial distinctives, the architect experiments a bold spatial operation of transplantation of mountain-scape”, within the 8.5-meter-wide "canyon" between the long sides of the two buildings, to reshape the post-industrial site.

Floating landscaping bridges. Image © Zhi Xia
Floating landscaping bridges. Image © Zhi Xia
Landscaping bridges as outdoor terraces and viewing decks. Image © Chaos. Z
Landscaping bridges as outdoor terraces and viewing decks. Image © Chaos. Z

The reconversion creates a new state of combination of urban and rural, and this new “urban-rural integration" will serve as an incubator and living home of the new urban young talents.

Outdoor staircase and floating bridge. Image © Zhi Xia
Outdoor staircase and floating bridge. Image © Zhi Xia

7 solid landscape segments transplanted from Baiyun Mountain link the two buildings into a new community with a total gross floor area of 23,000 square meters and accommodating about 800 young people to work and live in the commune.

Continuous climbing walkway links and runs to the roof-top garden. Image © Chaos. Z
Continuous climbing walkway links and runs to the roof-top garden. Image © Chaos. Z

By the intervention of the floating landscaping bridges, a continuous climbing walkway links and runs through from the entrance of the compound to the roof-top garden and recreation facilities, offering a real experience of outdoor climbing within the new youth commune. 

Continuous climbing walkway links and runs to the roof-top garden. Image © Zhi Xia
Continuous climbing walkway links and runs to the roof-top garden. Image © Zhi Xia

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Address:51-52 Ganyuan Rd., Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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Cite: "Tianhe Youth Commune / O-office Architects" 06 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/901363/tianhe-youth-commune-o-office-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
Landscaping bridges suturing between the former warehouses. Image © Chaos. Z

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