Renovation and reconstruction of old factory into high quality hotel and office building
Working in collaboration with DBH Stadtplanungs GmbH Hangzhou, Peter Ruge Architekten is discovering new life in the historical Hangzhou Factory with the aim of creating a harmony of the site’s inherent industrial character with a modern interior aesthetic. The Xintiandi old factory will be renovated into a high quality building with a combination of functions including offices, retail, hotel and multi-purpose area.
In order to accomplish the smooth transition of the interior structure, all the new spaces distributed across the four floors are organised along the exterior elevation, while in the central area a capacious space is retained. The length of the space is equal to the existing fabric on the horizontal level, in elevation extending throughout all floors. The beautiful steel roof frame structure will be retained and encased by a new glass roof, flooding the space with natural light and forming a connection between the building’s interior and exterior.
The energy of the architecture and its surroundings will flow through the capacious lobby in an undulated way and exert positive influence on the architecture. The existing concrete facade and window to the south and north sides will be completely removed. The protruding steel-frame structure extends 1m beyond the existing skin and the form of the building will conserve the structure of the foundries old steel funnel.
The regular structure of the steel frame echoes the horizontal and vertical grids of the architecture. Consecutively, the protruding parts of the steel-frame structure on all floors highlights the wall new connection of the existing brick walls. These steel- frame structures are will create a double curtain wall facade. The outside layer is constructed of fall-protection glass with air seams, and the inside layer is a flexible sliding door with insulation glass.