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Renovation of the ForD warehouse, eliminating the monotonous image of industrial buildings

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Renovation  /  Completed
say architects

The factory is located in the Xiaoshan Industrial Zone of Hangzhou, surrounded by mostly small and medium-sized factories, creating a strong industrial atmosphere.Say architects hopes to transform this factory into a vibrant urban node in the area, eliminating the monotonous image of industrial buildings in the past.

The total construction area of the factory is approximately 17,000 square meters, and the four original buildings were divided into exhibition halls, offices, and warehouses according to their functions. During the renovation process, Say preserved the main structure of the original building and focused on constructing a new facade system. The use of materials to cover the original dimensions implies the continuation of the building in the time dimension.

The building was originally composed of four old office buildings and an electronic workshop. This renovation project will transform it into ForD's furniture warehouse and exhibition hall.

In the overall transformation, the landscape of the original site has not been changed, retaining the original ecology.On the south side of the showroom building, there is an outdoor seating area for customers visiting the showroom, which also serves as the main stopping point. Despite the strong industrial atmosphere, one can also feel the vitality of the greenery.

The renovation of the factory's facade satisfies both decorative and functional elements.

The main material of the facade of the building uses aluminum magnesium manganese plate, which is a common building roofing material. The designer did not demolish the original building too much, but only gave the building transformation through the material covering.

The designer tried to enrich the grid system of the new facade with parametric composition. After a dozen times of color block arrangement and color proofing, the gradual array feeling was formed. The most prominent symbol of ForD, yellow, gradually disappeared to the other end, and the generation and vanishing of 16 colors became the bright "moving pixelated" visual symbol in this industrial area.

In the transformation of the factory, it is still hoped that it can be fast and can control the cost, because this is related to the operation of an enterprise. Therefore, from the designer's point of view, it is the best way to use aluminum magnesium manganese plate as a building covering material. Moreover, the light weight, durability, economy and environmental protection of aluminum magnesium manganese plate meet the key of sustainable design.


 17000 mq
 Zhang Yan, Shan Jianan
 Song Danli, Fan Yawen, Lan Dana, He Siyun, Zhou Yao, Ye Jin
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