Hundreds of Mus of lotus pond surrounds the age-old granary.That’s why it is called the Lotus granary.
裸筑更新建筑事务所 RoarcRenew，由柏振琦先生于2016年创立，事务所将城市更新、整体规划、旧区重塑等问题作为研究主线。团队设计成员及顾问团队来自于上海、香港、纽约、特拉维夫等地。目前设计项目涵盖城市更新、建筑设计、室内设计及工业设计等多个类别，项目分布在上海、北京、雅加达、南京、苏州、青岛、嘉兴、景德镇、张家界等地。事务所坚持建筑学所带来的秩序审美，力图从建筑视角保留每个空间所独有的仪式感以及场域精神。裸筑更新的设计平衡于功能与形式之间，通过布局、空间形制、几何平面、工艺，创造一种“秩序中的惊鸿一瞥 ”。本案为裸筑更新建筑事务所近期完工项目。将建造于上世纪50-60年代，历经火烧，废弃数年的老粮仓改造为艺术中心。
莲仓别名 Alias as Lotus Granary
At Wangjiangjing Town, there are two granaries nearbyhundreds acres of lotus marsh and the Taocangcanal. The granarieswere built in the 1950s/1960s. They were previously granaries for residents to store grains. Later they were burned and discarded for years.There was also a lotus pond before the granaries. It is speculated that nearby buildings get water from the lotus marsh and pond for firefighting.The granaries sit near the lotus pond, and that’s why they were also called Lotus granary.
After the renovation, terrazzo lotus patterns in the granaries echo with structural arches of the granaries.The owner entrusted Roarc Renew to renew the project to make it a landmark of the place on the basis of architectural characteristics and historical background of the granaries.
Energy Field Exists with Functions and Goes beyond Functions
Inside of the Energy Field
Functionally, the future granaries are defined as an art center by the owner. The western granary will act as a commercial gallery, while the eastern granary will act as an art gallery. Since two granaries are made in a unique structure, i.e. a concrete arch supporting system, they have a complete interior visual system. Arches form a complete field. It is not wise to break such a great energy field. Moreover, the granaries are very old, so any member except its original structures may become a burden. Consequently, we come to a conclusion that all the granaries space should be solely used for exhibition spaces, and auxiliary functions necessary for the art center are supposed to be provided outside. There is no ground for alteration of interior structure of the granaries.
Outside of the Energy Field:
That’s why the connective corridors were coming into shape.After the nearby textile warehouse was demolished, the two old granaries stand side by side in parallel. The granaries go in an east-to-west direction, facing canal to its north and a vast stretch of land to the south, while close at hand is a lotus pond. In this context, the best solution to add structures to the original architecture is to take an “accompanying” approach to explore new stories with the old granaries.
In architectural functions, the corridors not only change the way of entrance and its layout, but also create commercial and social space on its own. Acting as the accompanying space for an art museum, the corridors also allow for extending exhibition space externally in a way to protect the internal. Through all these architectural efforts, we are paying our tribute and respect to the history of the old granaries.
A 入口的重新定义 A Redefinition of Entrance
The main galleries have four entrances. Newly added corridors lead flow to the center. Visitors move from two sides to the center along the appropriately sized corridors and then enter the galleries. The east and west ends serve as freight entrances. In this way, visitors and freights are clearly separated.
B 商业社交 B Commercial and Social Purposes
As mentioned at the beginning, all renewing projects come down to an economic behavior eventually. Along the corridors, such facilities as restaurants, coffee stores and souvenir stores will be set to support operation of the whole art center. Full-height glass will be installed and electromechanical positions will be reserved to make the corridors an indoor space. However, for a variety of reasons, the corridors are presented to the public as a grey space when design is finished.
势：建筑指向性 Energy Field: Construction Directivity
The main granaries run east-west, showing the direction of the space. Once sense of direction confirmed in a space, field, namely the standpoint of the construction, reflects itself naturally.
With a unique ingenuity, the twin corridors are designed to be parallel not only in horizontal, but also in vertical forms by raising their heights to a peak at the central entrance, thus creating filed energy in two directions. The energy field lies the “souls” of this renovation project: on one hand, the horizontal form fits well into the parallel nature of the old granaries; on the other, the ascending trajectory in vertical form directs our focus to the sky.
In form, the corridors are designed to be accompanying structures to direct the way to the main entrance in the center. In spatial arrangement, the twin corridors ascend in a continuum to reach a hollow and quiet space at the central peak, which brings the architectural emotions to a climax.
势：诗意的陪伴 Energy Field: Poetic Companion
The accompanying corridors reflects Roarc Renew’s love for the granaries.We like to compare construction to human beings, and they were indeed the direct reflections of human beings’ abstract thinking. Geometry has no emotions, but people can find relationship and emotion from the work of geometry. And it is the reason why old profession like architect always lead in innovation.Architecture likes people, and Roarc Renew wants empathy in its works. Landmark buildings were too often used to represent the will of power.However, with hundreds of Mus of lotus pond by side, we wish the two granaries will find more inner peace after 60 years of everchanging experience.
The bricks go up and down.To hold and carry the water dropped.Water diversion and drainage.As the most important decorations of the structure, water is silently incorporated into the language of bricks.
麦穗山墙 Wheat Ear Wall
In the pattern of a wheat ear, we saw the past of the granary.Through the monument-like brick structure, we hear the age-old granary who resumes speaking to the world. Resembling the design of the drainage system, the wheat ear pattern is formed by combining bricks with three different moduli. The modern bricks of the corridors connect the old bricks of the granaries, which is a salute to the bygone memories.
结构对仗 Symmetrical Structure
In structure, concrete arches support the brick roof so that the old granaries have a double-curved roof. It brings a dramatic visual effect.Roarc Renew use arcs orderly in two corridors to make the structure symmetrical to the granaries with a cascading effect.
In the pond flowers bloom like a piece of brocade; within the granary the flower-decorated floor makes a flourishing scene.
If the external structure of the TaoCang Art Center shows the ability in arousing emotions, its internal design proves the power of storytelling by interpreting the origins of its name – a granary where lotuses bloom.While lotus suggests the unique features of this landscape.The villagers of Wangjiangjing Town have grown lotus for generations. For them the flowers, roots, leaves and stalks of the lotus means all their life in four seasons changing from spring, summer, autumn to winter. While grains feed the people, lotus makes their lives prosperous.
Project name: TaoCang Art Center
Location: Jiaxing, China
Address: Fengchan bridge, Xiuzhou District, Jiaxing City, Zhejiang province, China
Building area: 2448 square meters
Designer: Roarc Renew ( roarc.cn )
Principal architect: Robben Bai
Principal architect: Sheng Mengxuan, Xue Leqian
设计团队：梁萧怡 吴叶静 陆慧沁 顾倩 杨骏一 林佑政
Design team members: Liang Xiaoyi, Wu Yejing, Lu Huiqin,Yang Junyi
Terrazzo parquet floor design: Gu Qian, Sheng Mengxuan
Lighting Design: AILD
灯光设计团队：洪昇霖, 陈谷雨, 刘圳云
Lighting Design team member: Hong Shenglin, Chen Guyu, Liu Zhenyun
Construction consultant: Zhang Chenghua from EMCC Shanghai Jielu Decoration Design Engineering Co., Ltd.
水磨石地面施工方：结庐水磨石 / 上海结庐装饰设计工程有限公司
Terrazzo flooring Constructor: EMCC / Shanghai Jielu Decoration Design Engineering Co., Ltd.
Photo credits: Wen Studio
Client: XBand Co.,Ltd.
Party A project participants: Zhu Shengxuan, Dong Tianshu, Zhen Xiaolong, Yu Hong
Main building materials: Red brick, Cement
Date of design (start and completed date): 2019.06-2019.08
Date of construction (start and completed date): 2019.09-2020.03