Unlike ordinary projects, the users of the site are the same people who built it in the first place, and a generation of people have grown up here. Every grass, tree, brick and stone in the site contains their memories. The name ‘Old Field’ itself has an air of looking back to the past. But nowadays, looking forward to the future has become a new task for the long-abandoned field.
As a supporting project of China Flower Expo, the Dongfeng Parlor project has its own special meaning. Although it is a project based on the present as a supporting facility for China Flower Expo, it is a link between the past and the future. The old field is the memory of the past, and its new development has initiated the construction of the whole Dongping Special Town. How to combine the historical memory with the future development demands has become the focus of our consideration.
▼水景鸟瞰，bird’s-eye view of waterscape © 章鱼见筑
WATER CONFERENCE CENTER
The conference center has a relatively independent function and should be relatively separated from the other areas of the town. At the same time, following the principle of the scene view design, we hope to avoid the impact on other vegetation as much as possible. Therefore, the site was finally selected at the abandoned fish pond in the southwest corner of the base.
▼原状鸟瞰图 荒废的鱼塘，original bird’s-eye view & the abandoned fish pond
Retaining the original water pond is the first principle determined. In order to Maximize the advantage of the original site, we decide to put the volume adjacent to the water and consider water itself as a landscape. The water conference center is gently built on top of the water, and the surrounding wild landscape has become the most prominent external conditions.4
▼场地关系图，axonometric drawing © 原作设计工作室
The water conference center is located in the northeast corner of the fish pond, which can fully integrate the water and landscape outside into the view. As the internal water surface, the pond is connected to the municipal water system through the dam opening, which can effectively maintain the stability of the water surface height and make the viewing platform highly hydrophilic, while creating the visual feeling of floating on the water.
▼黄昏鸟瞰，bird’s-eye view at dusk © 章鱼见筑
The water conference center is characterized as a temporary building, which needs to meet the needs of dismantling and reassembling on other sites. Considering the characteristics of the natural landscape of the site, we finally chose the steel and wood structure system to construct it. All the components were prefabricated in the factory and finally assembled on site to meet the schedule, while also taking advantage of the warmth of the wood and integrating it into the environment.
▼自酒店区远望水上会议中心，vision of the water exhibition center from the hotel © 章鱼见筑
▼水面挑台日景，day view of water platform © 章鱼见筑
▼悬挑而出的亲水平台，overhanging waterfront platform © 章鱼见筑
▼由水面望水上论坛厅夜景，night view of the water exhibiton center from the water © 章鱼见筑
Compared with the standardized, large-scale and inward-looking traditional conference model, this design makes full use of the surrounding landscape resources to create a characteristic, ecological and landscaped conference center, which comply with the overall requirements of Chongming Island. At the same time, we hoped to integrate the water conference center into the environment and weaken the primary and secondary facades in order to create multiple opportunities to interact with the surrounding places. What’s more, we design a centripetal structure of a large space to contain 150 people, which can be viewed from multiple directions. The VIP room extends outward in the radius direction with an independent viewing platform to ensure comfort and privacy. The centripetal shape also makes it possible to have the largest usable space with the smallest land area.
▼水上会议中心北向入口，northbound entrance of water exhibition center © 章鱼见筑
▼向心型的结构形成满足150人会议功能的大空间，a centripetal structure of a large space to contain 150 people © 章鱼见筑
▼室内会议模式，indoor conference mode © 章鱼见筑
▼屋顶局部，part of the roof © 章鱼见筑
▼屋顶航拍，rooftop aerial photography © 章鱼见筑
▼屋面局部，part of the roof © 章鱼见筑
▼拆解分析图，exploded diagram © 原作设计工作室
▼立面图，elevation © 原作设计工作室
▼剖面图，section © 原作设计工作室
Project Name: Dongfeng Parlor —— Water Exhibition Center
Lead Architects: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi
Architecture Design Team: Xiao Lei, Fan Peng, Chang Zhehui
Location: No.833 Dongfeng Highway, Chongming District, Shanghai
Gross Floor Area: 1228 sqm
Completion: April 2021