Zhelin Administration and Community Service Center Building is located in Zhelin New Town of Fengxian District in suburb Shanghai. The currently completed design started as a retrofitting. Originally the building was planned as a retail venue without clear program configuration, but deep building depth and decorative facade languages matching neighboring residential quarter. When One Design was invited to redesign the building to accommodate the administration and community service functions, the underground part of structure has been just constructed per original design. The primary pursue in retrofitting is to maximize natural ventilation and lighting. Hence a central volume was removed and added to the southeast corner. A central void is created. It is serving not only as a technical interface between human and nature for ventilation and lighting reasons, but also as an active vertical garden bonding with nature.The void opens to eastside with a river view and contains several landscaped terraces.
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