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Wutopia Lab：把光明食品（集团）下属东滩源前哨农场中废弃的十二连晒谷场改建成凡人安乐乡，Golden Barnyard：Cockaigne of Everyman。这是Wutopia Lab在崇明东滩源凡人三部曲的最后一章，黄金晒谷场之凡人安乐乡。我用籍里可的调子改写了勃鲁盖尔的幻象以一个大地艺术的方式创造了我对平静而和平生活的一种期望。
Wutopia Lab: Wutopia Lab has transformed the abandoned barnyard in the Dongtanyuan outpost of Bright Food (Group) into the Cockaigne of Everyman.
▽项目与周边鸟瞰 Aerial view of the project and surrounding area
The heat was scorching, standing on the crumbling base, the rickety barn, equipment storage, and office and the patchy flooring. Mr. Wu asked me, who was wiping sweat, what could be done to this 8,400㎡, 220m total length of the barnyard. I was a little lost due to the strangeness and the displacement of context.
▽晒谷场原始样貌 The original appearance of the drying field
凡人 Ordinary People
我生活过的时刻哪里去了 Where did the moments I lived go
Did barnyard ever exist in my life? I remember it was only for a very short time. It was when we were asked to have a mandatory experience in agriculture in high school, and we gathered the harvested rice and stacked it in the center of the barnyard. We hadn’t done much, but we were still tired enough that we lay sprawled on the ground or on the grain pile, gasping for breath, and starving. I was reminded of Peter Brueghel’s The Land of Cockaigne, which depicts the dream of a “zone of comfort” that emerged from the endless toil of medieval Europeans. They imagined that somewhere on the earth, people lived a life of freedom: “No work and no worries about food and drink, mountains of delicious food, wine and wine accumulation like the sea.” At that time, we, who were tired and had little food, could not think beyond what he painted, the illusion of feast and sluggishness.
▽老彼得勃鲁盖尔的《安乐乡》 “Easy Country” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
▽我们生活中的安乐乡 Anle Township in Our Lives
我喝醉了，我喝醉全世界的不公 I’m drunk, I’m drunk on the world’s injustice
That night, it was the day of the gathering, there was a bonfire and a performance. We ate all the food we had brought from home and saved for a month at once. We even drank alcohol for the first time. We were shouting out of tune because we knew that the next day we would be free from the tedious and hard life of farming. We joked and cried without a care in the world, and I got drunk for the first time. The first time I saw The Fight between Carnival and Lent, it reminds me of that night of drunkenness on the threshing floor. I thought of the brief forgetfulness and joyfulness of the mood without pretense, and the carefree innocence.
▽《狂欢节与四旬斋之战》 The Battle of Carnival and Lent
▽起伏的微地形塑造场地空间感 The undulating micro-topography shapes the sense of space of the site
▽增加更多活动趣味 Add more fun activities
我想是自由的，不真诚的 What I think is free and disingenuous
The mandatory experience of agriculture in high school was intended to give us the training to overcome hardships. However, it didn’t occur to us to shape a simple goal in life within us, to study well or make money, to imagine a life we don’t want. The brief revelry of the barnyard became a moment to the future that we look forward to having at any time in any place in the city. When I look back at the age of 50, I am a little ashamed. Because we have never had such a moment of indulgence without guilt again.
▽局部的框景打破单一的大面积白墙 The partial framed scene breaks the single large white wall
凡人的极乐世界 Mortal Elysium
Barnyard is functional, for crop processing. It is also economic, to count the work points. It is also social, where gossiping or chit chats happen. It is also ceremonial, with formal events and gatherings including watching an open-air movie. It may be private, with the possibility of dating. Of course, it is also public, a company or village square. The only thing it is not would be spiritual. What is associated with the barnyard is the farm lifestyle and certain material fantasies of the time. In any case, the expression of the barnyard is simple and direct.
So I decided to use the golden color to symbolize the harvest field, the harvest that never ends. I simply wanted the Cockaigne to be a place of “eternal leisure, superb food, and edible buildings”. It was paradise. At that time, we had no desire to stay in the countryside, but now we envy it a little. After all the surprises of life, I think the simplest pleasures are precious. Wutopia Lab uses golden yellow permeable concrete, resembling paddy, with dark red lines to form an everlasting barnyard scene: some are divided into blocks, some are scalloped, and in the open areas the terrain rises slightly, forming a “grain pile” with undulating heights on which to stand. Looking at the whole field, it seems to be a frozen harvest time.
▽晒谷场鸟瞰 Aerial View of Sun Valley Field
▽采用鲜亮的黄色系主体 Adopt bright yellow main body
The original gatehouse is designed as a time capsule (movable installation) of the past, commemorating the original reed-built dwelling of Chongming Island: the Huan Dong She, and the barn brick house is partially preserved to commemorate the memories of the old barnyard during the polder period. The original farm equipment warehouse, renewed with a plain concrete façade, became an auxiliary room for the barnyard. The remaining part of the barn and the original two-story dormitory building were retained in their original architectural form, with the façade replaced with cream polycarbonate panels to become the Bright Milk House, a multifunctional space for research and development and display of the Bright Group’s new agricultural products. At the end of the site, the original toilets are designed as another future capsule (movable installations), and the dark red ground line is transformed into a four-pronged cone made of weather-resistant steel plates that can be opened and closed, inside which a large number of memory store, the contents of which are a message or a piece of data for future relatives, friends, or even oneself. Different materials of the building, like different memories, are scattered in this yellow cereal field, and every time you enter one, it seems to trigger a story of different times waiting for you to explore.
▽场地动图演绎 Venue animation interpretation
▽田野间的晒谷场 Drying field in the fields
▽晒谷场新谷仓 The new barn in the drying yard
▽矮墙划分场地空间 The low wall divides the site space
In the future, there can be intertwined different activities of the city and the countryside. But for me, it is more of an artistic act. It is a huge piece of earth art set in our familiar farm landscape. Expressing the simple and direct desire of mortals to be uninhibited, safe, happy, and well-fed.
“The Past is in the present, but the future is still in our hands.”–Ellie Wiesel
彩蛋 Easter eggs
Cockaigne of Everyman是Wutopia Lab为神奇的普通人系列的第三个作品。它是关于简单的欲望，和神圣的回忆以及英雄的纪念一起成为东滩源里凡人们的世界。
Cockaigne of Everyman is the third work in Wutopia Lab’s series for magical ordinary people. It is about simple desires, and together with sacred memories and heroic memorials, it becomes the world of the mortals in the Dongtanyuan.
项目名称：黄金晒谷场Cockaigne of Everyman
Project name: Cockaigne of Everyman
Design Firm: Wutopia Lab (Architecture, Landscape)
Architect in charge: Yu Ting
Project Architect: Li Hao
Design team: Xu Nan, Li Ziheng, Wang Zhizheng, Lin Zhihao (internship)
Construction drawing design company: Shanghai Zhumeng Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Owner: Shanghai Qianyi Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.
Construction unit: Shanghai Longma Construction and Installation Company
Lighting Consultant: Zhang Chenlu
Photography: CreatAR Images
Project Address: Shanghai Chongming, China
Design time: 2020.7~2020.8
Completion time: 2021.10
Land area: 8400㎡
Building area: 1500㎡
Main materials: sunshine board, steel, concrete, brick, colored pervious concrete
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