悦舍食单作为南京本土创意甜品，一直坚持Oriental Fine Dessert创作理念。此项目结合其子品牌Busy Loaf，希望通过本次尝试，提供对城市活化利用的一种思路和有价值的参考。
Osmanthus House Patisserie, a local creative dessert brand in Nanjing, has been to advocate the concept of oriental fine dessert. Through this project, which combining the sub-brand busy loaf, we hope to provide a train of thought and valuable reference for urban renewal.
This case is located in the core area of the Nanjing city, where also is the cultural axis of Nanjing. The old building is a unit apartment in the 1980s, which is a residential building pattern from the Soviet Union. Its unified, standard and equal residential prototype is the embodiment of the socialist collective ideology. However, with the urban renewal, the nature of land has changed from residential to commercial, and a commercial and free space form is coming out.
The ground floor of the old building was closed, the facade of it facing the street was negative, and the illegal construction occupied the urban public space. Firstly, in the west facade, door and window openings are added and widened, and the structure is reinforced at the same time in order to improve the accessibility and interaction with the street. Secondly, the public and semi-public courtyard space is shaped around the three sides of the building. At the same time, the balcony on the second floor is widened and connected. An outdoor staircase is set up to reach the terrace directly, which fully stimulates the potential of public space and enhances the vitality of the city.
The renewal needs to meet the production and consumption logic of commerce. The limitation of brick-concrete structure walls is an unavoidable practical problem. Two door openings are added in the east-west horizontal direction to connect the space and form a corridor for internal and external view. The first floor is the street view, and the second floor is the tree view. The space has become far-reaching because of the increased layers of wall segmentation.
We design a void space in the part of vertical direction to let the sunlight shines into the space. The unit apartment is the physical experience of many people. The second floor has a living room and a dining room, which has the warm feeling of home. However, the design has broken the space pattern. It is a rebellion against the rigid living pattern, leading to a free and flexible experience.
We hope that space has a transcendental sense of existence, not the result of design. The designer intervened with a weak attitude, only to awaken the inner fullness of the space. The design rounds off the hard corners, retains the original cement stairs, and uses recycled old wood and cloth, which not only reflects the temperature of time, but also considers low-carbon and environmental protection. We form a connection with the original bread baking kiln by the way of the atrium vault and arch, and at the same time give people a sense of package and security, and feel the temper of time in the bright and dark light.
Urban renewal is a complex and systematic long-term process. From design to construction, it has experienced multi-sectoral cooperation and COVID-19, lasting more than one year. I would like to thank Nanjing Historic City Protection Group, Huaji Travel, and SZ-Architects for their efforts, as well as the support of Osmanthus House Patisserie and Busy Loaf.