It used to offer tea and refreshments for the weary travelers.In southern China, pavilions are often the center of a rural community. The public nature of pavilions was gradually recognized since the Northern and Southern dynasties. Yet, as scenic spots, pavilions can come in different designs. A pavilion can be both a stop and a community center. The Pavilion of Warmth is a space where every community member is welcome. It’s an initiative to revitalize urban spaces. It offers spaces for people of all ages to rest, mingle, and explore. It lights up the neighborhood for those coming home late.
By Huangpu River and the Hudong shipyard, there lies Xiangdongxin Village. Built in the mid 20th century, this village is neat and tidy, surrounded by residential areas as well as warehouses. After you go past the factories and turn into the main street in the village, you’ll be entering Shanghai’s first urban communities for factory workers. Accroding to the staff from the community center, although Xiangdongxin Village isn’t as famous as the ones in Caoyang or Anshan, it still has a unique place in Shanghai’s modern history, especially because it’s so close to the historical shipyard.
There community had a public restroom where people used to empty their chamber pots. As those have become obsolete, there was no need for a public restroom. The space was roughly remodeled into a community center. However, the community center was rarely used because the remodeling wasn’t up to modern standards. For this assignment, our goal is to rebuild this 2-story building in its original location with all the same restrictions on area and height. Our goal is to build a pavilion with a gross floor area of 70 m2. Let’s get to work!
After reconstruction, the 2-story building now looks lively and modern. The ground floor is the face of the community center, so it is designed to make a first impression. The designer deliberately pushed the building back a little, giving space to a outdoor garden with a grown tree. “The other buildings in the neighborhood feel unfriendly. There’s also very little green space in the area.” Said the architect Sun Yijia, “Even just one tree, or a little bit of open space in the community center, the entire area will brighten up a lot.” The entrance should have more than just a door. He installed a window wall that can be opened. By the window wall, there are benches where people can sit down and enjoy themselves.
The two floors are, in essence, two large square areas, flexible and versatile. While there’s a public laundromat on the ground floor, the upper level has book shelves, long tables, and cooking facilities. The upper level is superbly well-lit. With glass walls on three sides, sunlight pierces into the space like spears.
Right now, the ground floor is a common area where all the windows doors are open during the day. It’s the community’s living room where everybody is welcome. It has hosted play dates for children, social events for the elderly, game nights, and many other community activities. The possibilities are endless. Fortunately, OUI became part of the project by lighting up the space. Our MASS series, inspired by pumpkins and the Halloween spirit, are installed to provide overall lighting for the entire building. We at OUI are deeply honored to be part of the project that brought and will keep bringing the community together.
Led by the Chinese Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism in 2021, more than 1292 projects and over 100 designers around the country partcipated in the innovative cultural uses of urban spaces competition; eventually, 302 projects won some awards. Among the thousand cases, the Pavilion of Warmth caught all the judge’s attention when it made its appearance in Shanghai district’s first round of contest. The Pavilion submitted an aerial image shot at night, where the cranes and the industrial complex are faded in the background while the Pavilion of Warmth lights up the community.
Pay attention to the use of space, be proficient in lighting to create an indoor atmosphere, and integrate modern techniques and fitting elements into each design space.