Project: Wuhan SUNAC 1890-Hanyang Iron Works Renovation
Award: Adaptive Reuse, Bronze, 2022
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: Lacime Architects
Client: Wuhan Rongjing Zhenyuan Real Estate Development Co. Ltd
The Wuhan Hanyang Iron Works project sees this former industrial site translated in to a new building complex that celebrates and incorporates the area’s heritage.
There are two workshop buildings on the site; an oxygen production workshop classified as a Grade ΙΙ listed building, and an oxygen charging station as a Grade ΙΙΙ.
The different functions of the two buildings led to further treatment of the volumes, materiality, preservation and protection. The design has seen the oxygen charging station entirely remodelled, while the studio’s internal structure was able to be preserved in part.
The facade of the oxygen production workshop is clad mainly in attractive earthenware red bricks with square windows. The design scheme repaired and preserved as much of this as possible.
A new floating corridor has been built between the two workshop buildings, while preserved trees are enclosed in an internal courtyard. A new architectural form is generated by adopting different levels of preservation and transformation to the two workshops. The brand new interface on one side of Qintai Avenue, with an open front yard, provides a good display area. After entering the inner courtyard, one can see the well-preserved grade II protected building, and the side rooms with different heights have been technically restored to form a complete space.
Photo credit: Inter Mountain Images
- LEAD ARCHITECT: SONG Zhaoqing