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YAS DESIGN: ELITE VALLEY is located on Changjiang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai. In the suburbs far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, YAS DESIGN created an open and ecological space that features creativity, art and vitality.
初识场地 First Impression of the Site
With a special historical background, Shanghai culture was influenced and shaped by local Wuyue culture as well as diverse cultures brought by immigrants. Integration of various cultural factors contributed to buildings and blocks of multiple styles. First built by Britons in 1876, Elite Valley used to be a container yard along the Shanghai-Wusong Railway. In 1959, it was transformed into a warehouse to store critical materials that were used to aid some Asian, African and Latin American countries. The red brick walls and high arch domes witnessed the historical changes of China’s foreign economy in half a century. British elements, railways, warehouses and containers carry the unique memory of the site.
▽项目与周边环境鸟瞰 Aerial view
▽项目鸟瞰 Aerial view
Later, as China’ economic aid policy to other countries changed and Shanghai’s industrial structure were adjusted, the once prosperous warehouse gradually declined, and the surrounding areas were developed for residential use, with increasingly sharp conflicts in economy, society, environment, etc.
As a pioneer in industrial restructuring and urban renewal, Shanghai has played a leading role in cultural and creative industries after more than ten years of exploration. Now, it has entered a critical period to further promote the cultural and creative development. Therefore, Elite Valley was included in the projects that need urgent transformation and upgrading.
▽风格多元的复古街区 A vintage neighborhood with a variety of styles
场地核心设计内容 Scope of Design:
The original sloping lawn and retaining wall, as well as the future open retails and the office park around.
Based on the location and cultural property of the site, we were thinking: how to fully meet the needs of modern life without changing its current situation and respond to its cultural heritage at the same time?
设计理念 Design Idea
设计前期，我们在深入分析场地现状后，组织了多轮设计专题研讨会，YAS DESIGN 易亚源境创始人、首席景观设计师 俞昌斌先生绘制了三稿方案草图，在进行严格的方案比较与优化后，我们最终决定保留场地记忆，以追溯文化，延续故事，体验的更新与升级作为设计主题贯穿始终，并在最大限度尊重场地现状与原有商业业态基础上进行改造。
In the early stage of DESIGN, after in-depth analysis of the current situation of the site, we organized several design seminars, during which Mr. Yu Changbin, founder and chief landscape architect of YAS DESIGN, presented three conceptual drawings. After careful comparison and optimization, we finally decided to keep the memory of the site, so as to trace back the culture, continue the story and upgrade the experience. The renovation was carried out strictly based on respect for the current situation of the site and the original business.
And our design focused on the creation of functions for retail, office and residential, the organization of the traffic, and the organic integration of multiple functional spaces.
▽手稿图集 hand drawings
The original sloping lawn was finally kept after full investigation on the site and communication with the owner and target users.
The advantages of sloping lawn: reducing the cost of excavation, carrying good memories of the park and providing an open space. In our opinion, the sloping lawn carries the good memories of the users, brings a sense of belonging and lengthways extends the space visually. Moreover, it greatly saved the cost of earth excavation and was transformed into a highlight of the park through landscape design.
Trace the Culture: orientation of the site — history, culture and memories serve as the clues of design
History, culture and memories of the site are preserved to form the dialogue and resonance between people and historical space. In this way, modern creative ideas are integrated into the site based on the protection of industrial heritage.
Continue the Story: orientation of design — to continue the business story of the park
Based on its current role as a gathering place for design and art, the park has now gathered more emerging industries like Internet and New Media, creating an ultimate space for art pursuit and experience.
Upgrade the Experience: space renewal and details exploration
Based on user experience, we fully explored the habits and preference of people living in modern cities, integrating and upgrading the functional spaces of the park from multiple dimensions, which include the container cafe, the light extreme sports, the geometric lawn, the time-space installation, the experience device and even plants.
#几何草坪-绿意葱茏、自然简约 # Geometric Lawn-green, simple and natural
On the right side of the central axis is the lawn, while on the left connected with the basketball court is a space which can be upgraded as an important traffic area in the future. Thus the durability of the site is considered first in the design.
▽几何草坪场地空间动图 Geometric lawn field space GIF
The landscape design is optimized with the aim to provide more flexible spaces for users. Based on the idea of simple and natural, it creates a green and ecological area for social and leisure activities, which greatly stimulates the vitality of the community.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure the accessibility between the north and south, we chose high fesgrass, short Bermuda grass and other trampling-resistant grass, which will help to reduce the future maintenance cost.
▽改造前场地形态 Shape of the site before transformation
▽保留斜坡草坪，使其几何化更具艺术与辨识性，推倒矮墙采用特色阶梯沟通两侧空间。The sloping lawn is kept and designed into geometric shape, looking more artistic and recognizable. With the retaining wall knocked down, a characteristic terraced lawn is built instead to connect spaces on both sides.
The rearrangement of the lawn and its surroundings has significantly improved the cultural and social life of the nearby residents. In the process of design, we paid special attention to the living habits of residents, the permeability of public places, and the characteristics of social life, so as to reserve the “space” for users to develop their creativity and imagination freely here.
▽重新梳理后的草坪区 The lawn area after recombing
During holidays, residents living in the surrounding areas and people coming from downtown areas will gather here to have a picnic or party, and enjoy the happy holiday time in the gentle breeze.
▽场地空间的多元化使用 The diversified use of site space
In addition, we’d like to introduce a low-carbon and healthy lifestyle, and arouse people’s respect for nature.
With the retaining wall knocked down, a geometric terraced lawn is built to break through the space barrier and create a convenient and interactive space. Original functions and space memories are kept, and new value is added to the site, making it a bridge between the old and the new.
▽细节设计 Detail design
The red brick building, old warehouse, broken train and Shanghai-Wusong Railway track are the four “treasures” of Elite Valley from history.
In landscape design, we made full use of these “old” elements, and combined them with modern landscape elements to shape the unique cultural symbol for Elite Valley.
The old train and the Shanghai-Wusong Railway tracks are well preserved, which symbolize the unique culture and spirit of the old days. People coming here would feel like they were back to the golden years of Old Shanghai by time machine.
The newly added muhly grass is thriving, looking like romantic clouds that blanket the site. Also it adds a touch of bright color to the historical atmosphere. The grass has three seasonal aspects throughout the year, thus presenting changing and orderly landscape.
▽被保留的老火车得以更新激活 Old trains that had been kept were updated and activated
The sculptures by the railway track remind people of the scene where workers were busing working in the container yard. They are marks of the old memories, showing respect for that history.
▽历史记忆的重现 The reappearance of historical memory
#集装箱-文化创意、时尚生活 #Containers-cultural creativity, fashion Life
Based on the history of the site, the container cafe fully demonstrates the collision of culture and fashion, and provides multiple functions and experience for users around.
▽集装箱与场地的演绎 Container and venue interpretation
▽原始集装箱 Original container
景观基于现有的 6 个集装箱进行方案设计与空间搭建模拟，材料主要为现有集装箱材料，局部外包部分轻薄金属，使整个空间舒展轻盈，大体块的几何切割让其更具艺术张力。
Six containers on the site are kept and transformed into a cafe, which is partly wrapped by metal sheet. Geometric blocks together with the graceful appearance make the space full of artistic atmosphere.
▽集装箱咖啡厅 Container cafe
The container cafe is designed with two stories, with the lower storey for retails (cultural creativity shop, cafe bar and book bar), and the upper storey for relaxation (viewing terrace, lounge bar, etc.). The facade is mainly painted white and harmoniously matches with the whole park, making the container cafe an interesting artwork displayed on the site.
The spiral staircase adds some creative elements and makes the space more flexible and accessible to people.
▽旋转楼梯 Spiral staircase
To make full use of the existing facilities, we kept the public restroom and covered the facade with brightly colored graffiti to make the space recognizable, artistic and dynamic.
▽通过色彩鲜明的涂鸦更新，使场地原本单调乏味的公厕重获生机 The drab public toilets at the site were brought back to life through brightly colored graffiti updates
#户外家具-幽静自然、林下休憩 # Outdoor Furniture-quiet, natural and relaxed under the Trees
Under the camphor trees, outdoor bar counters are set to offer people a space for relaxation. By breathing warmth of life into the space, it realized the organic integration of outdoor life, culture and nature.
▽户外办公休憩吧台场地动图 GIF of outdoor office lounge bar space
▽设计最大化的利用场地香樟 Designed to maximize the use of the site camphor
▽特色红墙背景下的户外休憩吧台 Outdoor lounge bar under the background of characteristic red wall
#滑板运动-活力新生、年轻趣味 # Skateboarding-new, vigorous, young and interesting
Through preliminary surveys and inquiries, we found that young people constitute the main user group. Therefore, new light extreme sports facilities are added to the basketball court, making the space full of fun and vitality.
▽滑板运动场场地动图 Skateboarding field GIF
▽滑板运动场 Skateboarding playground
The design also takes into consideration the needs of all ages, showing great care and concern for people in a thoughtful way.
▽全龄化的运动空间 All – aged movement space
#景观绿轴-中庭跌水&时光之门 # Green landscape Axis-cascade in the atrium & Gate of Time
The atrium and the Gate of Time are connected by the landscape axis, making the space full of fun and rhythm.
▽景观绿轴鸟瞰 Aerial view
#01 中庭跌水-新生源泉 #01 Cascade in the Atrium-source of new life
“Continue the old and generate the new”. The atrium is designed with a rainwater recycling system; nature and landscape integrate into the building, creating a unique world.
▽中庭跌水景观动图 Atrium waterfall landscape GIF
▽与建筑对话，灵感来自于老厂房的结构牛腿柱与桁车梁 Dialogue with the architecture, inspired by the structure of the old factory building’s leg posts and trussed car beams
The quiet and cozy atmosphere of the atrium is in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A hackberry stands tall and straight in the middle, with its branches and leaves stretching up high, showing the infinite vitality of Elite Valley.
▽中庭跌水鸟瞰 Water falls in the atrium
Water cascades down layer by layer, with the building, daylight, tree reflected in the gurgling water.
▽细节设计 Detail design
#02 时光之门-过去未来、主题互动 #02 Gate of Time-connection between the past and the future
The landscape design for the Gate of Time is inspired by the train traveling from the past to the future, connecting a series of landscape spaces and functions alongside. The stainless steel mirrors the entrance of the building, which contributes to the virtual extension of the space.
▽时光之门景观动图 Time Gate landscape GIF
▽施工过程 Construction process
▽时光之门 Gate of time
The concrete world is in perfect harmony with modern science and technology, inspiring imagination and creativity. When night falls, the Gate of Time opens slowly, allowing people to regain the old memories and stories.
#材料与细节 # Materials and Details
Delicate details well interpret the design principle of YAS DESIGN – using details to highlight the quality of life and add a little spice to life. Low-maintenance plants such as miscanthus are selected to save money and energy; big trees are kept as far as possible, creating a social gathering place that is both fun and practical.
▽材料与细节 Materials and Details
In the selection of materials, we tried to retain their characteristics, showing the integration of the old and the new in Elite Valley and responding to the unique historical and cultural background of the site. From design to construction, we were dedicated to every single detail, trying to present a satisfying overall effect.
▽精细化设计呈现 Fine design presentation
#设计师说# Designer’s Words
Landscape design should not be limited to visual beauty or function. From the perspective of true life and sustainable development, this design for Elite Valley focuses on the relationship between design and human activities. We hope to create an enduring and long-lasting public space that will bring people a strong sense of belonging. “Design for a better life” is what YAS DESIGN has been sticking to over the years.
景观设计：易亚源境 YAS DESIGN
建筑设计 : 上海筑景建筑设计有限公司
Project: Elite Valley, Shanghai
Location: No. 258 Changjiang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai
Developer: Shanghai Elite Valley Creativity Co.,Ltd.
Design and Management Team: RENEW.A.P
Landscape Design: YAS DESIGN
YAS Team: Conceptual Design —— Jiao Jian, Tang Yu, Pan Wei
Construction Drawing Design —— Wang Zhongju, Li Lin, Ni Yajie
Greening Design —— Fan Yonghai
Architectural Design: JSGP
Construction: Shanghai Jin Sheng Construction Engineering C.,Ltd.
Time of Design: Jan. 2022
Time of Completion: Dec. 2022
Photos by: Beyond Vision
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