The project is located in Beiyuan Life Park, Fudan University Handan Campus. The original building is a two-story student shower room. South of it is the Yangpu District. East side the nursing home. The northwest is the student restaurant. West of the student apartments, the northeast side of the park close to the garbage dump. With the improvement of sanitation facilities in the student residences in the park, the bathroom is currently out of use. In order to be able to recycle waste building, the school decided to renovate the building into a student communication center.
For privacy reasons, the building exterior is illuminated and ventilated with only a few lateral high-windows. The entire building is like an enclosed and lonely box. Sunlight, rain, trees and passersby''s eyes are cut off by the solid wall with no communication. The surrounding environment seems to have ignored its existence, especially as its function slowly fades.
When we are going to open the façade where it has never been opened, the first thing to think about when a dialogue is suddenly initiated in an otherwise closed relationship is how to establish a new relationship with the surrounding environment. In any case, we hope that through a medium, we can ease the relationship between such a sudden change. We incorporated the open space between the south side and the nursing home, the open space between the east side and the refuse collection site, and the open space between the west and the road into our design area, setting the wall as the boundary and forming a filter between walls and indoor buildings, which not only extends the indoor space to the outdoors, but also reduces the influence of the exteal environment on the privacy of the interiors.
We hope to bring as much as possible courtyard views and greens to the interior, so we used a lot of floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor of the façade. The height of the second floor has no protection of the wall, thus the window-opening cannot seem to be so willful. It is necessary to meet the indoor lighting, ventilation and landscape requirements, but also reduce the impact on the exteal environment. The level of the scattered, the size of the hole, as the main window form the second floor of the outer walls, like a frame, to capture the outdoor landscape, standing in the light and shadow of the room, like being in a collection landscape Art Museum in general. As the night approaches, the room is filled with warm light, revealing from the scattered window, the entire building was like magnificent like a light container.
The new function is mainly the unitized activity room. We hope to leave as much lighting as possible to the activity room, and as much deep interior space as possible for the traffic space. The two main floors at the main entrance of the north side of the original building did not improve the interior space and lighting much. Instead, they are very incompatible with this small volume of building space and the stairway has a better lighting. So we moved the stairs to the south in the middle of the building and designed a skylight ceiling to improve the lighting in the room.
At the same time the hall pick-empty two-storied floor, set into the activity room. Due to the increase in floor space and the increase in floor space, we were able to offset this area by adding a two-story patio and an outdoor staircase to the two-story rooftop terrace was added to the patio. This new spatial relationship has basically taken shape. A main traffic lane connects each room space in series and leads to a rooftop terrace, where each room can enjoy daylighting, natural ventilation, and outdoor views.
The indent at the entrance not only highlights the visual center of the entrance, but also forms a waiting coer for the side of the entrance. Through the north-west coer of the floor of the glass and the shade of the courtyard, over a meter high wall, passers-by eyes are bound to cross path. The street coer view, a safe psychological distance, as well as the spying curiosity can be achieved here.
We have four activity rooms on the south side facing the courtyard. We retreated to the outer wall to the north at a distance and rotated each space to the west by 30 degrees to form a set of triangular half-outdoor "coer" spaces. This will not only reduce the impact on the nursing home in the south, but also add a platform for each activity room to communicate with the outdoor courtyard, and each has a relatively independent sense of field. A complete courtyard is divided into different coers, extending to the interior space, and forming different places and views.
In addition to a fixed event room, we hope to provide a convenient and comfortable space for relaxation, and an open shared exchange space. We chose to have a coffee shop to the east of the main entrance, a salon to the south of the stairwell, and a cafe and salon to share the sunlight and greens in the easte outdoor coer.
A new coer space between the wall and the building, and a high wall and bamboo will minimize the interference of garbage stations outside the wall. The newly planted trees in the courtyard will also become the visual center against the courtyard the background of the wall, making the entire courtyard quiet and elegant.
Project title: Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Center of Fudan University
Location: Fudan University HanDan Campus North Block
Gross Floor Area: 1338㎡
Content: Urban Renewal
Time of Completion: 2016.10（Design completed）2017.11（Project completion）
ProjectTeam: Micron Architecture Office of W&R Group
Lead Architect: Xu Jinwei
Project pre Design Team: Zhao Lifeng, Cao Xu, Wang Hongjie
Construction Design: Jia Jingtao, Ye Tian
Structural Design:Du Xiawei,Chen Wei
Electricity Design:Li Hui,Xu Mengqian
Water Design:Yu Gang,Hu Wei
Ventilation Design:Sun Haixiao,Yin Jin
Photo Credit: Hu Yijie