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Activity Homes at Yunjin Road / Scenic Architecture

  • 00:00 - 8 August, 2019
  • Curated by 韩爽 - HAN Shuang
Activity Homes at Yunjin Road / Scenic Architecture
Activity Homes at Yunjin Road / Scenic Architecture, south aerial view. Image © Shengliang Su
south aerial view. Image © Shengliang Su

southeastern view. Image © Shengliang Su fountain plaza. Image © Shengliang Su restaurant high window. Image © Shengliang Su interior. Image © Shengliang Su + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    No.280, Yunjin Road, Xuhui district, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Xiaofeng Zhu, Xinjia Zhuang(project manager) , Meng Jiang (project designer), Pablo Gonzalez Riera
  • Design Team

    Xiaofeng Zhu, Xinjia Zhuang(project manager) , Meng Jiang (project designer), Pablo Gonzalez Riera, Yan'an Shi, Shigang Du, Tai Sheng
  • Area

    502.9 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

  • Structural Consultant

    Zhang Zhun/ AND Office
  • LDI

    Shanghai Municipal Engineer Design Institution
  • Landscape

    Sasaki Associates
  • Client

    Xuhui Riverfront Development Investment and Construction Ltd.
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northeastern view. Image © Shengliang Su
northeastern view. Image © Shengliang Su

Text description provided by the architects. We designed a series of public facilities in the Runway Park, which was renovated from Longhua airport with a 100-years history located at the west bank of Shanghai Huangpu River. This project is a concentrated part of the whole series with three buildings including a community pavilion, a coffee shop, and a restaurant.

master plan
master plan

Context and Layout
The overall layout was based on the linear site of the park.  We set up a series of concrete walls with different length and spacing in the short direction.  They divide spaces and support a truss-made folded plate roof system.  As a metaphor of airplane takeoff, these fluctuated pitched roofs-extending along the runway-establish a historical connection with the past. 

sketch
sketch

A group of internal spaces perpendicular to the runway are defined by walls and pitched roofs while being extensively connected with each other, just like a gathered group of homes. This spatial ambiguity between open and enclose offers more freedom and possibilities for future usage.

sketch
sketch

Extension of Homes
Like traditional houses, when the height of cornice (2.8m) and the grade of the roof(53 degree) is decided, the rooftops can be determined by the depths of the spaces, and the bay of the spaces is determined by the structural span of the folded plate and spatial needs.

traditional roofs. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu
traditional roofs. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu

Thus, a settlement of double-pitched roof buildings is supported by scattered concrete walls. Big and small roofs are interlaced, creating a row upon row of wavy volumes like a converged village. The scale of the building on the short direction is based on the daily experience of traditional living spaces.

view from fountain plaza to restaurant. Image © Shengliang Su
view from fountain plaza to restaurant. Image © Shengliang Su

On the long section, the pitched roofs stretch lengthwise far beyond traditional bay size, and become continuous roof along the past airport runways. Under the cover of the roofs, these two different scales compose a new spatial order. This is what we call Extension of Homes, a spatial order with both independence and openness generated from function and site context.

north aerial view. Image © Shengliang Su
north aerial view. Image © Shengliang Su

Taking two gable walls supporting a pitched roof as a prototype of traditional house, four concrete walls supporting two double-pitched roofs is then a basic performance of the activity pavilion project. Flexibly arranged concrete walls supporting multiple roofs extending longitudinally create the fundamental logic of the special system.

restaurant high window. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant high window. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su

The Anima of Folded Plate
A a variation of folded plate structure, the roofs’ valleys are at the same height, while the peaks are different according to span and depth. By utilizing the overall height of the folded plates, large spans can be achieved lengthwise with relatively thin slabs. Here, we used steel trusses for the folded plate roofs, realizing a largest longitudinal span of 20 meter with the structural thickness of only 120mm. The welded SHS trusses are connected to the concrete sheer walls by embedded hinge joints.

structure logics
structure logics

The roof uses titanium zinc system as its finish with a total thickness of only 240mm. The lightness and suspension of the roofs resembles that of airplane wings, which is also a response to the site’s history as an airport.

restaurant interior. Image © Shan Liang
restaurant interior. Image © Shan Liang

The concrete sheer walls are not traditional gable walls, but 2.65 meter high rectangular walls. Natural light from the high windows between the walls and interlaced folded plates enriches different spatial atmospheres with light and shadow. The tectonic logic of putting the roof on the wall can be seen directly from the top of walls.

interior. Image © Shengliang Su
interior. Image © Shengliang Su
interior. Image © Shengliang Su
interior. Image © Shengliang Su

The east and west façade have large windows with 450mm high window sills, and the buildings are facing west with strong insolation, so adjustable louvers are assembled in the windows to control daylight and create cozy environment. The window frames and sills are made of wooden textual aluminum, which adds a warm feeling for the simple interior of the buildings.

fountain plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
fountain plaza. Image © Shengliang Su

An Adaptive System
All buildings of the series in the Runway Park are generated from this structural system. By flexibly using the system, we also created different features for each building. The semi-open space of the coffee shop near the metro exit, the courtyard in between different zones of the community pavilion, and the sunken space plus the penthouse of the restaurant all reflect the adaptive spatial potential of the system.

roof terrace. Image © Shengliang Su
roof terrace. Image © Shengliang Su
courtyard. Image © Shan Liang
courtyard. Image © Shan Liang

The activity pavilion was completed with only simple decoration. So after merchants move in, they will make small renovations based on their own needs.

view from the playground to restaurant. Image © Shengliang Su
view from the playground to restaurant. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su

The restaurant uses the sunken house and loft as office space. The northern part is enlarged as pantry, and the middle part is used as dining area. The restaurant changed the windows into push-pull folding windows, which allows full openness and establishes dialogue with outside landscape.

restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su
restaurant interior. Image © Shengliang Su

The coffee shop has accommodated the Brand CoffeeCall. People who use the metro always pass by this shop, for a takeout or sit-down coffee and snack. It has already become one of the most media-popular coffee shop in Shanghai.

grey space of the coffee shop. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu
grey space of the coffee shop. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu
coffee shop south facade. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu
coffee shop south facade. Image © Xiaofeng Zhu

The community pavilion, as the public activity facility, will be a venue for cultural communication.  We hope the flexibility of the spaces can inspire more potential in daily use.

southeastern view. Image © Shengliang Su
southeastern view. Image © Shengliang Su

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Cite: "Activity Homes at Yunjin Road / Scenic Architecture" 08 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/922467/activity-homes-at-yunjin-road-scenic-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
south aerial view. Image © Shengliang Su

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