Located to the west of Meidong Yi Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Shenzhen Xinhui 369 Livestream Creative Park is surrounded by traditional iconic buildings like Shenzhen Traffic Police Bureau and Shenzhen Mosque. The park covers around 5100 square meters with three multi-story buildings. The total renovation floor area is 9650 square meters, with 3650 square-meter No.1 building and 6000 square-meter No.2 building.
The original industrial park was built between 1980s and 1990s. The No.1 building’s original function was an industrial factory while No.2 building was used as a hotel. With Shenzhen’s rapid urbanization, this area was gradually surrounded by metro stations and new residential compounds, modern office buildings and urban parks. This industrial park is rapidly transformed into a regional center from a periphery district. It is necessary to regenerate this area by exploring re-development potentials to meet the current needs of urban development as well as creating new values.
After years of development, this industrial park is nothing like what was originally planned. Therefore, this regeneration design should start from re-organizing the circulation and overall spatial composition.
The former main entrance of the park lies in the hotel at south, which is totally blocked after the establishment of Social Welfare Center to the south. The park’s entrance had been moved to the east, connecting directly to the previous internal parking lot. In this regeneration design, we reshape the building by creating remediative interventions. It elaborates our design concept by creating geometric forms using restorative intervention method. The original buildings had been preserved, but we improved the spatial order and created a new axis. The new circulation, façade and landscape nodes are all facing east of the main entrance now, and it illustrates a brand new image of the park.
The biggest change in this regeneration is the facade. After the main entrance was adjusted, the south main facade of the No. 2 Guest House was blocked by the welfare center, while the facades of the two buildings facing the internal parking lot became the main interface of the park. The facade design of the project, on the premise of not changing the internal functional space, is reshaped by the geometric form of the external aluminum panels, and the angle of the facade axis of the two buildings is turned to the east of the entrance area, which is an echo of the main entrance and forms The sense of gathering in the entrance plaza is also the "vent" of the park.
Although the original designs retains the function of the parking lot, the pedestrian area and the vehicle area are divided through the paving and landscape design. The commercial area on the ground floor is also reserved for social gathering and for the surrounding people to relax and enjoy after busy work.
The entrance lobbies of No.1&2 building were refrained by the original architectural layout and structure. Therefore, we extended the axis of the façade to the indoor public area. Through the combination of perforated aluminum plate and wood grain brick on the wall and ceiling, the ground lobby, the elevator hall and corridor on each floor of the upper floor creates an interesting relationship within the indoor space compared with the white paint in other areas. Altogether, we have achieved an interesting transformation of the interior space within the budget and avoided a disorder project caused by various forms of design.
The third floor of No.1 building is the headquarter office of Guangtong Industry, with an area of about 600 square meters. The layout combines public space and traditional office space to meet the needs of users. In the shared public area, we attempted to use the visual experience to reshape the axis. By creating a public office space with a folded interesting space, the original horizontal and vertical circulation had been modified. Therefore, whenever entering the company, people will get a subtle visual impact that attempts to establish interesting space.
This project is an attempt of regeneration in an old industrial area in Shenzhen. The project itself will encounter many constraints that can’t be changed or foreseen, such as the limitations of budget or original structure. Each step of the project is a breakthrough for every stakeholder involved.
The pleasure of such projects lies in its restrictions and the opportunity for the designer to learn the historical beauty behind the project at the same time. The most profound experience we have during the process was the tree left at the entrance of No.2 building. On a typhoon day more than 20 years ago, the old owner picked up a branch beside a big tree which had been blown down by the roadside and took it to the park to plant. Today, it turns out to be a towering tree after 20 years. There will be more stories that can be regarded as historical interests discovered by people here every day in the future. It is also a very meaningful experience for the industrial park itself.