照明设计 Lumia Lab 麓米照明
Wuxi is located in the south of the Yangtze River, characterized by an intricate network of waterways. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal traverses the city from north to south, with the Jiangnan Ancient Grand Canal as its eastern branch. Since the inception of these canals, the early inhabitants of Wuxi settled along the water, and the city's life and culture became closely intertwined with its rivers. The canals became the lifeblood of the city, giving rise to the unique culture of the Jiangnan Grand Canal. As the birthplace of modern Chinese national industry and commerce, Wuxi is also known as the "City of Centennial Industry and Commerce." Over a century of industrial development has left behind various industrial structures, including old factories and factory buildings. These industrial relics collectively nurture Wuxi's enduring industrial spirit.
The Wuxi Steel Factory (Xigang Group) traces its origins to the Wuxi Iron and Steel Factory, established in June 1958 at 124 Tangnan Road, just outside Wuxi's South Gate. Its primary focus was the production of special steel. Until its relocation to Jingjiang, it remained a pivotal landmark enterprise in Wuxi. For local residents of Wuxi, especially those born in the 1970s and 1980s, Xigang on the banks of the ancient Grand Canal holds significant memories of the city's development.
In November 2007, Xigang signed an agreement for its complete relocation to the north bank of the Yangtze River in the Jingjiang Development Zone of Taizhou City. In photos taken in 2019, the remaining factory structures stood tall amidst a desolate landscape next to the ancient Grand Canal. These structures faintly outlined the scale and volume of the factory as it was in its heyday.
Starting from 2020, Wuxi Overseas Chinese City officially initiated the transformation of the Xigang industrial heritage. With the ancient Grand Canal as its axis and the Qingming Bridge Historical and Cultural District at its center, the main parts of the original Factory Building 1 and Factory Building 3 were preserved, transforming these old industrial landmarks into a new cultural and tourism landmark known as "Wuxi Canal Hub." Wuxi Canal Hub, positioned at the intersection of the old and the new, tradition and modernity, the past and the future, has created a unique cultural and lifestyle experience. It has become a city's cultural living room, integrating culture, business, retail, dining, and leisure.
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The Supercloud Design team was responsible for the interior space design of parts of Factory Building 1 and Factory Building 3, providing multidimensional and interdisciplinary spatial proposals. These proposals breathed new life into the disused industrial heritage, unlocking its potential for more open and versatile uses. Within this "cultural valley" in urban level, they have created an urban theater that belongs to everyone.
Factory Building 1 serves as the "Steel Engine" of the Wuxi Canal Hub, hosting functions for project announcements, receptions, investment discussions, exhibitions, product launches, and art exhibitions. It serves as a dynamic platform for the city and the arts, continuously generating creativity and energy.
SUPERCLOUD STUDIO and #Network Party take series of techniques such as interior design, installations, and multimedia to deconstruct and redefine the final presentation of Factory Building 1.
SUPERCLOUD STUDIO team focused on optimizing the interior traffic flow within the factory building. They introduced a spiraling steel staircase that traverses different levels and connects various sections of the building. At the end of the crane tracks, a "double-layered skin" LED screen with 360-degree rotation capability was installed. This allows for seamless transitions between dynamic and static content and scenes, adding versatility and expressiveness to the space. Additionally, a series of floor tile screens were incorporated to establish a connection from the pedestrian entrance to the central axis by the waterfront. These screens are synchronized with the vertical screens within the staircase, creating a dynamic and adaptable spatial medium.
The cross-media creative team, #Network Party#, was responsible for the spatial installations and multimedia content design of Factory Building 1. Given the overarching theme of the "Grand Canal" throughout the entire structure, #Network Party# drew inspiration from the Grand Canal and the flow of water to construct multimedia installations within the interior, creating an "electronic river" flowing gently within the building. ——Two screens were conceived, one running horizontally and the other vertically, both spanning the entire length of the steel factory's floors, ceilings, and central axis. One screen took the form of an inverted T-shape, while the other was rectangular. These screens created a surreal representation of a river. Virtual water flowed on the ground, while simultaneously, it flowed upward from the floor, creating an otherworldly sensation as it moved towards the ceiling.
Factory Building 3 spans over 200 meters in length and serves as a hub for a diverse range of commercial and public activities. Visitors often find themselves enchanted by the intricately layered spatial variations. The horizontal concrete sunshades create a captivating play of light and shadow in an arrayed pattern, enveloping visitors in an extraordinary sensory experience. It stands as the most distinctive element among the buildings at the Wuxi Canal Hub.
Wuxi Canal Hub embodies the concept of a diversified "cultural valley" in urban renewal. We view Factory Building 3 as a carrier of urban culture, a "city theater." In this city theater, the space, props, installations, and characters all play a role, unfolding a unique urban theater journey that encompasses the public, the city, art, and dreams.
The path for the audience is an open and exploratory process. As visitors roam through the "valley," they simultaneously embark on a journey to different theaters. This approach encourages an immersive and interactive experience where the audience becomes an integral part of the unfolding urban theater narrative.
We have further enhanced the flow of pedestrian traffic within the factory building, reinforcing the immersive experience for the audience as they wander between the "mini theaters."
The grand steps at the entrance to the "city theater," the urban pathways that traverse the "valley," and the staircases weaving through the theaters all contribute to the seamless integration of the city and the theater. This blending of culture and life creates a dynamic and interconnected environment where the two elements coexist harmoniously.
On the basis of the overall spatial form script, the lighting design team # Lumi Lighting # starts from the details of industrial elements and uses a series of linear and array combination strategies to connect the atmosphere fluctuations of different spaces.
CANAL HUB, with its wandering, gathering, and buzzing sound, conveys the speed and vitality of the city, "This is your city”.
Lumia Lab 麓米照明（照明设计）：庞磊，郑嘉豪