设计单位 UDG · 十分工作室
The Shanghai laboratory of Wanhua Chemical Group, one of the top 500 enterprises, was recently completed, providing a new office and laboratory space for Wanhua employees in East China. Wanhua Shanghai Laboratory is transformed from the workshop of Zhengzhang Washing and Dyeing Company in the 1990s. The 100-meter long building has been carefully renovated to an exciting new symbol of the whole park.
In the park where the Zhengzhang workshop is located, three U-shaped joined buildings become the main layout and enclose an open space full of green, which forms the main structure of the park. The Zhengzhang workshop behind the big volume is naturally separated from the integrity. How to create a positive place through the renovation of the environment and building seems to be a certain expectation of the project for all parties.
Although located in a corner, the site is not too narrow. The spacious courtyard directly facing the workshop provides broad perception, allowing a panoramic view of the 100-meter long building. The design combines the courtyard with the surrounding buildings as a whole, and arranges the circulation starting from the entrance of the park and passing through the courtyard to the main entrance to form a complete new landscape. The workshop naturally becomes the main body of this new landscape because of its location and scale.
The facade of the building is another approach to jump out of the site restriction, and naturally form a unique image. The facade mainly adopts window system and aluminum / granite curtain wall system, which is closely related to the original structural frame.
Considering comfort, aesthetics and cost, several rounds of research were carried out around the issues such as window opening size and opening form in the design process. Finally, a simple facade unit, formed by the combination of cantilevered vertical windows and inclined hidden openings, becomes the main language of the building facing the south courtyard, and the white granite lines separated in groups of two or three obtain more active look. Similar regular units are used on the first floor, and hidden openings are uniformly set between columns to maintain simple order.
Thus, the Zhengzhang Workshop has been transformed into a volume which owns a concave ground floor and a cantilevered upper floor. The overlong suspension posture is outlined by white granite, forming a natural and harmonious dialogue with the courtyard. At the same time, the homogeneous facade based on the original structure jumps out from the complex park corner, and becomes the focus of the newly defined site with sense of simplicity and order.
The renovation of the workshop is mainly for the two main functions of office and laboratory. Thanks to the shape of the original building, the structural order of the entire space is very clear. There are 2 spans from east to west and 25 spans from south to north with two outdoor staircases attached at both ends for emergency evacuation.
The reconstruction design process almost strictly follows the structural frame, and only moderately releases a four-span hall at the entrance lobby as the circulation hub. During the renovation process, the stairs and elevator near the lobby are reserved as the main vertical traffic, and in combination with the lobby, shared facilities such as reception and meeting are well set. The office and laboratory are clearly set on both sides of the lobby.
The interior is mainly cladded with white marble, presenting clear and concise spatial relations, creating a bright and efficient office atmosphere in the existing frame, and complementing the owner's corporate culture.
设计单位：UDG · 十分工作室
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