本文由 象界设计机构 授权mooool发表,欢迎转发,禁止以mooool编辑版本转载。
Thanks XJ Design for authorizing the publication of the project on mooool, Text description provided by XJ Design.



XJ Design:This is a brand new visual for the contemporary historical and cultural district renewal. For us, every piece of stone and tile touched and used has a vivid life. This space is more like a recorder, recording the process of their life disappearing in the past 100 years.


▽具有历史痕迹的文化艺术展览花园 Cultural and art exhibition garden to record historical traces

▽遗留的老物件记录着过去的生活气息,将人们的记忆拉回 The old objects left behind record the breath of life in the past and pull people’s memories back




The project is located in the historical street block of Damaojiao in the southeast of Datong Ancient City, transforming the vacant and abandoned site into a public space full of historical memories.The project can be called a unique cultural space art exhibition. By understanding the history of the site and presenting it with a new interpretation, a series of fragmented old objects and events in the ancient city transformation are displayed in the ground with a new perspective, and the combination and use of new materials bring a unique spatial feeling, realizing the overlap of history and present time and space, presenting a commemorative contemporary cultural and artistic space, so that people can participate in interactive activities while triggering thinking about the past and the future.


▽项目位置,project location

▽改造前后对比,Transformation Before and After Comparison


设计过程 Design Process


The design concept originates from the designer’s initial impressions of the site. Upon stepping into this neighborhood, the project’s restoration work had already commenced, with scattered building materials and the once vibrant atmosphere now replaced by dilapidation. Every fragment of a wall, broken tile, and old object silently narrated the past life that once thrived here. Amidst this emotive experience, the designer’s intent was to “leave something behind,” becoming the primary aspiration for the design. Each stone and old object in the eyes of the designer condensed into precious cultural symbols, with an attempt to transform them into landscape elements of value.


▽场地初印象,First impression



The Vanished Garden: Public spaces should never lack human involvement, and the project sought to address how to infuse vitality into the inward courtyard space. The design embraced the concept of growth, organized from ground-level display spaces to an elevated visual corridor soaring to 5.35 meters. The arrangement progressed from old to new materials, emphasizing the passage of time. Collected and displayed old objects were permanently preserved, but over the course of a century, they would gradually weather away and disappear. Here, they would slowly merge into the universe, becoming part of the river of history.


▽设计草图,Design sketch

▽轴测图,Axonometric drawing

▽抬升的视觉廊道,Elevated visual gallery

▽场地模型,Sketch model



The project consisted of four main parts: ground-level display spaces, a plaza, an elevated visual corridor, and an upper-level mirrored viewing platform. All materials for the ground-level display spaces were sourced from the site and handpicked by the designer to present historical traces. The water-themed plaza connected intimately with the corridor space, providing a gathering place for people. The corridor ascended step by step, forming a harmonious interaction with the plaza, allowing for performances and expressing reverence for life and culture. The corridor enclosed a U-shaped space on the second level, engaging in a dialogue with the ground, inviting people to walk and pause, fostering better interaction between old objects and viewers. At the end of the circulation route, also the highest point of the site, the mirrored box “disappeared” into the skyline, seamlessly blending into the scene. Ascending to the viewing platform, one could overlook the fifth facade of the ancient city, provoking contemplation: just like some distant memories seemingly vanish, they actually linger in the minds of a generation.


▽水景广场:在广场入口处设计互动水景,人们可以触摸玩耍,旨在“饮水思源” Water-themed Plaza: At the entrance of the plaza, a interactive water feature is designed, allowing people to touch and play with the water, symbolizing the concept of “drinking from the source.”

▽创新的运用石材的“榫卯”组合,Innovative Use of Stone “Mortise and Tenon” Combination

▽下沉记忆空间,Sunken Memory Space

▽景墙:整石的运用,干净的墙面与斑驳的地面形成对比,树叶在墙面投下自然光影 Feature Wall: The use of whole stones creates a contrast between the clean wall surface and the mottled ground, with tree leaves casting natural light and shadows on the wall.

▽钢网楼梯:镂空的钢网材质提供观察的可能性,带来交互的视觉体验。钢质扶手设计简洁恰到好处,细节连接处都体现着设计师的精巧构思 Steel Mesh Staircase: The perforated steel mesh material allows for observation, creating an interactive visual experience. The steel handrail design is sleek and precisely executed, with every detail reflecting the designer’s meticulous craftsmanship.

▽地面:设计师从场地原本拆除的材料中挑选,安排每一个物件的摆放 Ground: The designer selected and arranged each object from the materials originally removed from the site.


▽随着由老至新的物料递进,强调时间的迭代的同时,消失的盒子映入眼帘 With the progress from old to new materials, while emphasizing the iteration of time, the missing box comes into view

▽眺望古城第五立面,Overlooking the fifth facade of the ancient city


总结:新的思考 Summary: A New Perspective


The project represents a fresh attempt at the transformation of a historic urban area, creating a place where innovative elements coexist with the original memories of the site, stimulating reflection on the past and the future. It brings a unique charm and artistic value to the space, fostering interaction and engagement among people.







Project address: Datong, Shanxi
Project Type: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Design
Designer: Xiangjie Design Agency
Client: Datong Ancient City Investment Group Co., Ltd.
Construction unit: Luzhou Hongmao Engineering Project Management Co., Ltd.
Design time: 2022
Completion date: July 2023



审稿编辑: Maggie

更多 Read more about: 象界设计机构