Zijin County is located in the middle east of Guangdong Province, southeast of Heyuan City, and the east bank of the middle reaches of the Dongjiang River. More than 80% of the county is mountainous and hilly, known as eight mountains, one river, and one field. Feng’an Town is located 56 kilometers southwest of Zijin County, which is known as Dreamlike Feng’an and looks like Lijiang River, featuring the phenomenon of ten miles of different styles and hundred miles of different customs. Huilong Village, which is located in a low-mountain and hilly environment, is one of the most remote villages in Feng’an Town, Zijin County, with a pleasant climate and beautiful mountains and clear waters. The texture of the village is both sparse and dense, and the buildings follow the road as they please, dotted among the green hills and green forests.
Shoku-tei Sushi, a Michelin-level Japanese cuisine brand, chose Shenzhen as the site for its first restaurant in Mainland China, and entrusted local design practice NATURE TIMES ART DESIGN to conceive the space. The brand commits to serving superior, delicate sushi to customers, and inherits the quintessence of the traditional craftsmanship of Edomae sushi. For the project, the design team tried to combine traditional Japanese cuisine with Oriental visual elements via modern design languages, intending to bring diners fabulous poetic experiences.
Hehe Tea Gallery, where artist Poshui settled down with his family, is located on the south hillside of the orchard in the northern part of Wuyi Mountain. He has been studying on the traditional way of making Wuyi Yan Tea for years there and gradually gained his reputation with increasing number of followers. Under the co-efforts with his wife, the tea gallery presents picturesque daily life with old pine trees, vegetable garden, tea fragrance, and their lovely children. In 2015, Poshui first refurbished an old house for dwelling there, and then another one is built in the north in 2016. Their houses develop as naturally as mushroom grow in fertile land to meet their basic needs. Each year I was invited to witness the flourish of their home.
The Qinchang Village Town hall is located directly to the east of the Qinchang Village CPC Community Center in Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province. It is the second phase of the Qinchang Village CPC Center Complex. While Phase I on the west side accommodates mostly non-profit community services programs and ceremonial spaces, the east side focuses on the introduction of small local businesses as well as cultural and recreational programs, including a store selling local farm produce and handicrafts souvenirs, a small café, a restaurant, a gallery as well as a children’s library. The space here is both a medium and a “generator” to create potential employment and start-up business opportunities for the villagers, exploring an “innovative and sustainable” model of the economic and cultural revitalization of the rural communities.
Hidden in the top of Tower A (25F) of The Imperial Capital Building, ASTRA Xingcui is an unique curved glass building in Yuzhong district, resembling a shipping sail, with innate mysterious temperament and romantic style. The entrance of the first floor of the building is very low-key, through the safety gate, take the elevator to the 24th floor, the sky light down through the spiral ladder hole, along the direction of the light, you can “board the ship”, and sail.
Environment: vestige of time
East of Cangjie, Suzhou stands “Shizikou (Lion Mouth)” prison that used to be one of the three major prisons during the Republic of China, and it is only one block away from Pingjiang Road, a famous historical and cultural street. The KMT brought a charge against the “Seven Gentlemen” in 1937, for which Soong Ching-ling, He Xiangning and Hu Yuzhi launched the campaign of “save the country and go to prison”. In addition, Chen Gongbo, Chu Minyi, Miao Bin and other prisoners were executed by firing squad here, and Chen Bijun, the wife of Wang Jingwei, was also jailed here.
Construction reasons. The Granary Concert Hall project is located in Jining City, Shandong Province, Sushui Dengxiangu art town, close to Dengxiangu Art Granary. The granary is a rectangular courtyard surrounded by several red tile stone houses, the previous function is used to preserve grain. Grain silo function after the abandonment of the cultural industry upgraded to become such as Art Granary. After nearly a decade of careful grinding, art granary has developed into a national village revitalization demonstration base. With the implementation and promotion of the national rural revitalization strategy, the internal space of the original granary transformation can no longer meet the increasing functional needs, so it is ready to build a new multi-functional building in the west side of the granary combined with the village, to meet the large-span space of 300-400 people.
Shang village, located in Jixi Town of Anhui province, is both a National Traditional Village and a Historical and Cultural Village, where a lot of photography fans have been attracted by the landscape. The mountains are beautiful; however, the roads are hard and steep. Without any resources, the village is poor and getting hollow, and a large number of exquisite traditional buildings are not repaired in time, resulting in serious damage. A series of art activities we’re involved in the village to inject new life and vitality into the precarious old houses and try to explore an important way to revive the remote traditional villages. Therefore, the design team has carried out a lot of creative implantations, without any funds, but by the villagers’ participation, a large number of social practice and artistic activities have been carried out.
Urban Corners Scheme, initiated by Greyspace Architects and Architect Jiawei Song, aims to take an architect’s perspective to find the leftover space left in the city due to historical reasons, and overlay the new, elastic inserted space system on top of the existing building, so as to makes it a unique scene that can be seen, available, stayable and shared. As the first project of this scheme, Yongjia Road Youth Shared Space transforms a 30-square-meter urban space (formerly a delivery workstation and dormitory) squeezed into two 3-storey old garden houses into a shared public activity and accommodation space for young people in the future, so as to further introduce the urban public space into the building via the narrow lane outside the site, to make the meeting room with abstract symbols to continue the characteristics of the city street.