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QICANG DESIGN: The urban renewal is not simply a demolition and construction of physical space, but a combination of spatial transformation with industrial upgrading, inheritance and innovation. Moreover, it contains the respect for the land so as to realize the great-leap-forward development of urban growth from quantity to quality.
Lang Guan Lane has a very high reputation in old local people. The name was derived from two honest and upright officers who cared about their people in history. According to “Yin Annals” written in the period of Republic of China, the old name of Lang Guan Lane was Lang Guan Di. Therefore, Lang Guan Lane was also called Lang Guan Di.
The project, which used to be a logistics department set up in the 1940s, is just located in the Lang Guan Lane. People of the department overcame a lot of difficulties and founded a factory of Zebra eye drops. In the year of 1958, there emerged a large number of textile mills in Ningbo and the logistics department turned into a thread making factory at the moment. Until the year of 1944, the brand of Beyond was created by Yongfeng fabric factory. The following year, factories like Huafeng yarning factory, Zhongfeng fabric factory, Huafeng fabric factory were merged into Beyond Group. The land of Huafeng yarning factory was owned by Beyond Group and the workers of the factory were also transferred to Beyond workshops for production.
Because of industrial transfer, the factory has been unused for many years. Qicang Design was invited to take over the work for revitalizing the old buildings of the factory, and then integrating the whole project into urban renewal.
The design stands on the co-building of the creative park and the community, sharing with the surrounding residents. That means integrating a creative park into the community updating program, which has directed a new way of factory renovation in the old town of Ningbo.
01 定义建筑的更新｜To define architectural renewal
The property of the old factory owned by Beyond Group has survived the historical changes and becomes the framework of the project. The design of the renovation project is an exploration of the reuse of urban factory architecture at low cost, which requires a new definition of functional relationship between buildings.
▼改造前基地原貌 Before transformation
该旧厂区置身于一片老旧小区最里面 ，与城市的繁华几乎隔绝。 原先唯一的入口处于一个死角区域， 门旁边就是一个扎眼的公共厕所， 另三面分别被两个小区的围墙和一个街道社区便民中心贴合包围。 设计师大胆提出和社区共建打造创意社区概念， 利用社区相对具有形式感的门面作为整个项目的门面形象。最终用方案赢得了社区的支持。
The old factory is located at the very bottom of an old housing estate, almost isolated from the busy downtown. The only entrance was in a blind corner, next to an eye-catching public toilet. The other three sides were surrounded by the walls of two housing estates and a service center of the street service center. By using the facade of the community as the front door of the project, the architect boldly proposed the concept of building a new creative community together with the project , which finally won the support of the community.
▼改造前基地 Before transformation
By teasing out the existing spatial context, and reorganizing the relationship between the building, street and community, the architect brings all the forgotten essence of the past to the modern people, leaving a memory for the rapid development of city while making the contemporary urban architecture thicker and continuous with time.
▼改造前基地 Before transformation
▼改造后的中庭景观 After design
The architect hopes to retain memories of the historical architecture. And at the same time, he tries best to excavate the character of the site, improve its popularity and commercial value, and establish a shared bridge between the project and the community. The designing experience is filled with a unique feeling and cultural sensitivity. By integrating history and reality, industry and art, it turns to be a “multi-dimensional creative art space”, changing it from a dilapidated old factory to be a “creative container”. It is given a new name: Lang Guan Inn Creative Community.
02 启幕，城市容器｜To start up, the city container
Surrounded by high-rise buildings, the old factory park is just like an isolated island. The designer creates a visual feast from the past to the present with the power of nature, form, color and light. You can see fantastic light and shadow, rhythmic lines of building everywhere in Lang Guan Inn. Bright red is applied on the surface of some of the buildings. The park has been divided into several building units according to different structures and thus forms kinds of spaces like Breathing office, BO Café, an art center, a painting apartment and Lang Guan lodge, which express rich emotion and feelings toward the city’s culture.
At the beginning of the work, the architect makes the site planning through sorting out the entrance and internal public spaces. By opening up the exterior boundary and ground floor of the buildings inside the park, we created a dynamic line of “park tour”.
Located at the entrance of the park, Bo café covers an area of 80 square meters. A pomegranate tree is retained in front of the door, providing a resting place full of memories for the surrounding residents. In order to achieve the purpose of commercial display and attracting consumers, a large area of floor-to -ceiling glass is used to create a dialogue with people of both inside and outside, presenting different moving tracks of consumers and passers-by in the space, which at the same time, creates a sense of film that does not rewind.
Interactive experience devices are designed at the junction of different spaces, such as colored glass revolving doors, stairs with red background walls, irregular continuous window holes, etc., enhancing participation and diversity of spatial experience, further more to increase the vitality of the park.
▼红色背景墙面的楼梯台阶 Stair steps on red background wall
As for the Breathing office, distributed in two two-story buildings, it gives a sense of daily life in metropolis by using poetic arches and elegant arc lines. One can feel emotional atmosphere of daylight inside.
The narrow passage between two buildings forms a peaceful space with greens and leisure soft decoration. The architect implants a concept of a plant corridor to create an eye-catching green world for immersive social activity, so that people can enjoy resting time surrounded by green, oxygen and nature.
The large arched doors on both sides collect the most beautiful sunlight in the old town. All the park residents together with the pure white buildings and growing plants enjoy the same gift from nature.
As an important part of Lang Guan Inn Creative Park, Yi Lodge has 5 rooms in total. Adopting a method called visual contrast, the cave walls in the Lodge were painted with a kind of minimalist styled earth color Art paint, which reinterprets the concept of color balance. Different materials, such as wood, stone, metal and glass are used to amplify the sensorial contrast.
Inspired by wong Kar-wai’s films of the 1990s, the space is filled with rich stained glass with colors of orange-red and dim retro-green. As for orange-red, it is reminiscent of the robe worn by Pomona, the goddess of harvest. And Toulouse used this color to portray the almost frenetic energy of Parisian ballroom. Thus, the retro tone is built to express the mood of space by introducing the performance of the post-modern art style in the film.
There are a hundred romantic imaginations on the project deep in heart of the architect, which are turned to be poetic dialogues between architecture and nature during the process of designing. The original intentions have been successfully realized. It soon becomes a new hot site upon its completion. Hipsters are pouring in and it has got labels like Santorini of Ningbo, most beautiful new landmark and so on.
Urban renewal is important to a city’s future. Just like a dynamic system of life, the form and content of Beyond group’s old factory changes with different users in different social backgrounds following the river of time. The completion of Lang Guan Inn Creative Park has brought lots of surprising for the old town, activating strong engagement of residents in the whole block, as well as evoking the vigor of the place and improving the integration of the community. It also has become a new destination for young people. That provides a very good model for urban renewal.
▼一层平面图 Ground floor plan
▼二层平面图 Floor plan
▼三层平面图 Three-story floor plan
▼建筑外立面图 Main elevation
▼办公区走廊内立面 Interior elevation of the corridor in office area
▼一楼走廊的内部立面图 Interior elevation of the corridor on 1st floor
▼外部休息区的高度 Elevation of the exterior resting area
Project Name: City container· Lang Guan Inn Creative Community
Client: Beyond Group
Building Area：4000 square meters
Completion time: 2021.07
Design company: Qicang Design
Chief designer：Mao Yun、Hu Yating
Design team members：Chen Bei
Landscape company: Huaju Culture
Soft décor company: Moyan soft decoration
Construction company: Ningbo Kaidong Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Photographer: Pu Yan
审稿编辑 王琪 – Maggie
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