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    Millet Vinegar Museum - Zhang Hua Studio, Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design & Urban Planning

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    Millet Vinegar Museum - Zhang Hua Studio, Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design & Urban Planning

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    Hanna boutique Hotel - Persian Garden Studio

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    Sense Café Beijing - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang

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    Sense Café Beijing - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang

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    Courtyard No.7 at The Drum Tower - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang

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    Courtyard No.7 at The Drum Tower - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang

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    Blossom Hill · Hanling - DC ALLIANCE

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    Blossom Hill · Hanling - DC ALLIANCE

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    ART DESIGN CENTER IN THE REDTOWN WUHAN China - UAO

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Adaptive reuse: a new lease of life

Emilia Nuzzaci
29 Aug 2019

Old buildings provide the inspiration for new designs.

The overall design of the Sense Café Beijing - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang is treated as a metaphor of the whole urban space. RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang attemptted to reshape the city of Beijing by exploring the relationship between coffee and the city in the project. The design breaks through a series of boundaries of the ancient city, leading people through the streets of the city and into a series of images interwoven with ancient impressions and Contemporary Perceptions.

The Courtyard No.7 at The Drum Tower - RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang project is an office which is transformed from a traditional Beijing-style courtyard. It is a difficult proposition to integrate a contemporary space attribute into the traditional Chinese courtyard. RSAA/ Büro Ziyu Zhuang build a speculum that occupants can feel the experience of childhood in Beijing such as ‘roof hiking’ and ‘pigeons chasing’. However, more exciting thing here is that people can feel how futuristic it could be after these traditional elements reorganized.

Hanling is a typical ancient water town. The aim of the Blossom Hill · Hanling - DC ALLIANCE   project was to not only inherit the traditional space of the village but also represent a modern lifestyle. The pattern of the building has inherited the local courtyard feature of Hanling: through the introduction of the central courtyard households can appreciate external landscape when they are enjoying the internal courtyard space. In order to protect the original architectural style and spatial combination, the design plans to rebuild and remould these two old buildings.

The shape of the ancient history of vinegar containers, jars and cans gave the designer the initial inspiration. The overall shape of the Millet Vinegar Museum - Zhang Hua Studio, Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design & Urban Planning building is a simple cube marking the embodiment of the vitality of nature. Ancient Chinese porcelain is also rendered on the surface. This texture, in the details of the building, is used to express the integration of the building and the land.

Around 90-years ago, six buildings were constructed in the center of Tehran, creating its only symmetrical street. Hanna boutique Hotel - Persian Garden Studio was designed in one of these buildings, with the intention of bringing life back to Lolagar Alley and Tehran’s city center. Part of the design intention was to reconnect the building to Lolagar Alley, the neighborhood and its residence. The juxtaposition of new and old layers presents occupants with the building’s history. Shear walls and steel structures are also left exposed to familiarize the building’s visitors with its renovation process.

The predecessor of the Art Design Center in the Redtown Wuhan, China - UAO project was five factory buildings built in the 1960s and 1990s. The design aimed to emphasize contrast: for example the steel structure of the main entrance and the oblique roof shape. "A" and the window shape of the outer facade “D”, “C” forms the acronym of "Art Design Center", the design uses techniques to insert the new structure with the original retained roof.

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