The factory is adjacent to the Qiantang River, between the large-scale natural river and the rural culture behind. Facing the boring and mechanical industrial production scene imported from the west, the designers try to respond to the impact of the contemporary industrial civilization on the traditional agricultural civilization with a more local narrative context of the traditional settlement landscape and the integration of innovative materials.
The project is located in a factory by the Qiantang River. In China, the traditional factory design is mostly a large-area "barracks" layout and a "matchbox" space sequence to emphasize high efficiency. However, the original intention of the factory design is to get rid of the closed space pattern to emphasize and pursue spiritual aesthetics. The open space layout and the design method without walls emphasize the social publicity of the central park and the penetration into the environment.
The design concept is to reconstruct landscape painting and convey the spirit of landscape with simple and abstract form. Designers use innovative materials to deduce landscape elements in a "typed" way, and restore the mood of feeling, interest and spirit in the central courtyard enclosed by the factory volume.
While simple contemporary industrial materials (U glass, weathering steel plate, white corrugated steel plate) are selected for the building, landscape materials continue the low-cost strategy, mainly prefabricated concrete and weather resistant steel plate. The sunken trestle bridge runs continuously on the site, echoing the plank road on the roof. Meanwhile, there are also rich linear experiences: shore watching, mountain climbing, cliff walking, bridge crossing and water viewing.
On the shore, different specifications of prefabricated concrete geometric blocks stack together, such as 300 × 300 mm, 200 × 600 mm, 100 × 100 mm and above, provide workers with rest places, and naturally transition to the pool and ground pavement.
For the plants, the designers select simple arbors to stand on the bank, mainly Celtis sinensis Persoon and Zelkova schneideriana. And the natural growth of Miscanthus Sinensis interspersed in layers of laminated stones, soften the block stones with clear edges and corners. The concise and abstract landscape makes the factory much more active. The sense of the times and the nature blend here with the modern “light industrial style”.
The whole park presents a totally different look from the former industrial park. The design breaks the conventional array factory building practice, and deduces the natural village scene located in the mountains. After the project was released, it received the attention and recognition from all walks of life, and also provided a new sample for the design of modern factories.
gad · line+ studio is an international innovative design studio founded by Meng Fanhao and Zhu Peidong in China. “line” is the boundary, based on architectural design. “+” aims to break through the clear boundaries of traditional industry and use cross-border thinking as a way to realize the boundless integration of planning, architecture, interior, landscape, operation and other fields. By adapting diverse strategies, we look forward to share the value of design with our partners. From the shaping of urban space to the revitalization of rural civilization, line+ always insists on critical thinking, builds design works rooted in regional and cultural characteristics, and responds to and interprets the diverse connotations of contemporary culture. Under the premise of ensuring high-quality completion, we deeply explore the potential value under business logic, and strive to become a ferryman between culture and commerce.