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Wutopia Lab: “Everyone has their own secret Shanghai, which seems to have no connection with each other. They are embedded in that huge shimmering Shanghai and silent. Finally, someone connects these fragments of the secret Shanghai, and suddenly discovers This is the living Shanghai. They define the attacking Shanghai we see.”
W-mills by Wutopia Lab受上海城市规划展示馆和丝路视觉委托以万里滔滔江水为主题打造的地下公共交通空间于2022年春节后正式落成。这个仅3000平米的地下空间却分成了四部分。A连接迪美地下商业的11米×91米的有坡度的大通道，B大通道尽头的4×43米展览通道，C连接人民广场地铁站的4×20米通道，D最后汇集ABC以及地面进入地下空间人流的380平方米的集散大厅。我有些犹豫，因为这是四个功能性不同，尺度不同的空间组成的空间，需要一个有力故事框架把它们整合成一个整体。说实话，有些难。
An underground public transport space based on the theme of the surging waves commissioned by the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre(SUPEC) and Silk Road Vision has been completed by by Wutopia Lab after the chinese newyear of 2022. The 3,000 square metres underground space is divided into four sections: section A the (11m x 91m)sloping esplanade connecting to the Dimei underground retail district; section B the(4m x 43m)exhibition hallway at the end of the esplanade; section C the(4m x 20m)corridor connecting to the People’s Square metro station, and section D the 380 square metre assembly hall that finally brings together the four sections and ground level traffic into the underground space.
The comprehensive transformation of the underground space of People’s Square has been mentioned for years, and SUPEC has taken the first step in the hope of achieving a linkage and building a warm aisle that will retain memories for every passer-by living in the city.
浪奔 浪流 Run wild
Starting with the Wuzhong Road Station on Shanghai Metro Line 15, wutopialab had the objective to turn transport hubs into symbolic urban public cultural spaces, it seems to turned out to be a big seuess as well in this projcet.
Water has shaped Shanghai’s unique urban character. Shanghai has grown from nothing to land because of water; from small to large, it has flourished because of water. The rivers and oceans have shaped Shanghai’s openness and tolerance, and have seen this great city evlove from the a local to a global metroplitan, from the past to the future. By introducing a bright, churning river in the tunnel up to the port-like esembly hall that gently laps Shanghai with its magnificent waves, this formerly depressing and stiff underground space will be transformed into a poetic and delightful urban social and cultural place dedicating to all the citizens of Shanghai.
滔滔一片潮流 Surging trend
The basement from Dimei Commercial in Area A to the main building is a slope. It has been designed as an acceleration zone. The ceiling and walls are made of GRG to create a wave tumbling effect. The reason the whole passage was not fully covered in waves is because the doorway at the end of the passage is only 6m wide, where it narrows into the 4m wide passage in Area B. So half of the esplande was left to be white as a metaphor for the river bank. The other half of the passage is a wave of water running towards Shanghai.
▽A区迪美通道设计分析 Dimei Channel, Area A
▽A区迪美通道 Dimei Channel, Area A
▽通道一侧的波浪造型犹如滔滔潮流 The wave shape on one side of the channel is like a surging tide
转千弯 转千滩 Turn a thousand bends, turn a thousand beaches
The river enters the ‘gate’ and then slows down. In addition to the fact that Area B is supposed to be an exhibition area, the pace needs to be slow and relaxing. The ceiling is now a simple vaulted ceiling, continuing the half-blue, half-white partitioning of Area A. The white walls are fitted with only two large screens showing the newly completed cultural and living spaces that areiconic in the city. The area is calm, but for the architects there were indeed many difficulties to overcome in order to express it in a complete, unified and pure narrative. To achieve a highly coherent and immersive spatial experience in a fragmented organisation of sites with varying heights, it was necessary to try to create a sense of unity while reducing distractions.
▽A区与B区的连接空间 Connecting space between area A and area B
▽转折后的展览通道 The exhibition passage after the turning point
For the underground space, the requirements for safety and security and ventilation and heating are among the most stringent in terms of specification, which posed a major challenge to the architects in their quest for purity. To ensure the integrity of this ‘water surface’, the design team worked closely with the equipment manufacturer to carefully locate and position the equipments which need to be as invisible as possoble in the model. (yes, the air vents had to be adjusted to be hidden in the wave while the sufficient airflow was guaranteed), ultimately ensuring that all the equipment was in place to meet the specifications while minimising the interference with the visual integrity of the equipment, achieving a stunning overall effect of clear waves rolling overhead and over the walls.
▽B区展览通道设计分析 Zone B Exhibition Channel
▽干净通透的展览通道 Clean and transparent exhibition passage
江水永不休 The river never ends
The passage to the nearby subyway station turned out to be a tunnel with a blue vaulted ceiling symbolising the mapping of water and light to act as a C-zone access point to the underground. Here the river flows slowly and calmly. I see the metro as a special form of river in Shanghai, where the river converges and rises to form a metro that travels through Shanghai.
▽C区地铁通道设计分析 Subway passage in zone C
Blue has always been one of the favirite colors. But blue is a difficult colour to show perfectly in light, especially when it’s the only color. But after many comparisons, the design ended up using Pantone 4175C, 552C and 7451C as gradient layers combined with a lighting design overlay to create the first interior space in China created entirely in blue.
▽蓝色拱形通道 Blue arched passage
翻百千浪 Over a hundred thousand waves
This was followed by a climactic assembly hall with a thousand waves. Mimicing the cascading waves with perforated aluminium panels in three layers, the hall toured out to be an exciting art space with various isolated elements such as the large escalator, the glass curtain wall, the inner walls of the building, the gift shop, the café, the entrance to the passageway and the entrance to the proscenium.
▽集散中庭设计分析 Distribution atrium
▽集散中庭 Distribution atrium
But it is not enough for the architect to just create a visual spectacle. The underground space of the SUPEC is a miniature waterfront city where a new story of Shanghai’s charm will be written. It will not only be a functional space for a large public cultural facility, but also a living room for the citizens with a strong artistic atmosphere, where bazaars, exhibitions, cultural evevts and performances will all be presented, and much more can be imagined. Architects create places, citizens create memories, and together we create the future of Shanghai.
▽从通道看向集散大厅 View from the passage to the distribution hall
乘上海浪看上海 Ride the waves to see Shanghai
The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, built in the early 2000s, is a cultural landmark and an important window for the city’s public. After 2022 Chinese New Year, the SUPEC will be reopened to the public with a new look after a complete renovation. Shanghai residents will be able to see Shanghai from the underground, storlling along the passageway to the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall by riding the Shanghai Wave. A Shanghai that we are proudly familiar with but that hides many surprises that we did not know.
“Anyone who identifies with and follows Shanghai’s way of life, code of conduct, values and culture while seeing Shanghai as belonging can be a Shanghainese.”
| 彩蛋 | | Easter eggs |
这是W-Mills by Wutopia Lab设计的第二个地下交通空间，也是第三个地下空间*。临展厅的第一个展览是同济大学教授王伟强老师策展的《京沪城市文化比较研究影像展》，值得一探究竟。
This is the second underground transportation space designed by W-Mills by Wutopia Lab, and the third underground space*. The first exhibition in the temporary exhibition hall is the “Beijing-Shanghai Urban Culture Comparative Study Video Exhibition” curated by Professor Wang Weiqiang of Tongji University, which is worth exploring.
设计公司：W-Mills by Wutopia Lab
Project Name: Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall Underground Space Design
Company: W-mills by Wutopia Lab
Lead Architect: Yu Ting
Project Architect: Ding Ding
Project Manager: Ding Ding
Design Team: Wang Dan, Song Jianxun, Xiao Yunhai
Construction Design Company: Shanghai Modern Architecture & Decoration Environment Design & Research Institute Co.
Lighting Design: Wutopia Lab
Colour Design: Wutopia Lab, Silk Road Vision
Architectural Photography: CreatAR Images
Project Location: Shanghai
Building Area: 3000m2
Building Materials: Perforated aluminium panel, GRG, epoxy millstone, stainless steel, glass
Design Period: 2021
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