“Not the labile mists of memory nor the dry transparency, but the charring of burned lives that forms a scab on the city, the sponge swollen with vital matter that no longer flows, the jam of past, present, future that blocks existences calcified in the illusion of movement” –Italo Calvin


Following the renovation of Yugang Pao Library at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Aomo Studio has recently completed the indoor landscape integration renovation and upgrading project of Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park in the ancient city district of Gusu, Suzhou. Combined with the exploration of urban renewal in recent years, Aumo Studio has developed a more suitable place relationship and formal vocabulary for urban renewal, which have been presented to varying degrees in the integrated renovation and upgrading project of interior landscape in Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park.

▼园区入口鸟瞰,aerial view of the entrance of the industrial park ©章鱼见筑


Site interpretation

苏州是首批国家历史文化名城之一,全球首个“世界遗产典范城市”,有近2500年历史,是吴文化的重要发祥地,有“人间天堂”的美誉。 苏州,古称姑苏 、平江 ,是江苏省地级市 ,是国务院批复确定的中国长江三角洲重要的中心城市之一、国家高新技术产业基地和风景旅游城市。


▼区位分析,location ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

Suzhou is one of the first national historical and cultural cities and the first “World Heritage Model City” in the world. With a history of nearly 2,500 years, Suzhou is an important birthplace of Wu culture and has the reputation of “paradise on earth”. Suzhou, known as Gusu and Pingjiang in ancient times, is a prefecture-level city in Jiangsu Province. It is one of the important central cities of the Yangtze River Delta in China, a national high-tech industrial base and a scenic tourist city approved by the State Council.

The project is located in the ancient city of Gusu, Suzhou. Adjacent to the West Ring Expressway in the west, the new interchange in the north and residential areas in the southeast. Suzhou Xingu Industrial Park was the office building of Jinchang District People’s Government of Suzhou City before the transformation, covering an area of 22,753 square meters, with a total construction area of 29191 square meters, a plot ratio of 1.06 and a greening rate of 39%.

▼项目整体鸟瞰,overall aerial view of the project ©章鱼见筑





In the last century, the Broadcasting Recording Equipment Factory was preparing to build a new factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. On October 1, 1984, the base was renamed Suzhou Video Machine Factory of Radio and Television Department. In February 1994, it was renamed Suzhou Zhongguang Video Machine Factory. On November 28, 2007, with the approval of the Ministry of Finance, Suzhou Zhongguang Video Machine Factory was transferred to the People’s Government of Jinchang District, Suzhou. Now, the base is a state-owned asset of Gusu District, and it is entrusted by Suzhou Historical and Cultural City Development Group Co., Ltd to operate and manage, and is officially named as Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park.

From the electronic gene carried by Suzhou Zhongguang Video Machine Factory at the end of the 20th century, to the solemn and upright keynote of Jinchang District Government, and now to the economic complex of science and technology enterprises transformed into a new Central Valley Industrial Park, the transformation project of Suzhou Central Valley Industrial Park is full of contradictions from the very beginning.

▼改造前建筑外观,original view of the project before renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室


Many contradictions



As is known to all, Suzhou has a history of nearly 2,500 years and is an important birthplace of Wu culture. Suzhou is also approved by the State Council as one of the important central cities of the Yangtze River Delta in China. Since this century, Suzhou has been deeply rooted in people’s hearts as a national high-tech industrial base and a scenic tourist city. In this way, how to balance the high-tech industrial base of modern Suzhou and the classical garden city has become the first problem to be solved in this project.

Suzhou core valley industrial park project, is a collection of “architecture, landscape, interior” in one of the renovation projects. The existence of the existing building becomes the biggest “shackle”. How to make this design “dance in shackles”?

▼改造分析,renovation analysis ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室



First, the existing government buildings are too stately. How to transform the solemn and upright government building into a lively and vigorous industrial park is the top priority of the transformation, especially: the original government office gate canopy solemn; Government landscape style is strong; A tone of straight and square solemnity.

Secondly, the restrictive conditions are numerous and severe, which makes it more difficult to upgrade the following reconstruction. For example, it is necessary to ensure: the original lighting area; The position of the window is fixed and unchanged; The existing window stitching is complex. At the same time, Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park needs to retain the characteristics of Suzhou culture, and integrate the characteristics of technology enterprises — electronic genes. This needs to retain the original characteristics and advantages of the park, while upgrading the image to adapt to the new positioning. The original advantages are as follows: the original plants in the base are in good green and lush condition; Retaining the historical corridor of the video camera factory; The facade can be decorated externally.

▼改造后园区鸟瞰,aerial view of the industrial park after renovation ©章鱼见筑

▼改造后的2#楼立面,facade of the #2 building after renovation ©章鱼见筑


Suzhou, culture, gardens, history, warm wood, is the traditional impression of Suzhou; Modern, science and technology, intelligence, electronics, CPU, cyberpunk, is a new name card of contemporary Suzhou. Therefore, Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park must combine the modern sense of high technology with the gentle meditation of classical Suzhou.

▼改造后的园区内公共景观休闲区,public landscape and leisure area after renovation ©章鱼见筑

▼2#楼一层置入小盒子,boxes inserted into the #2 building on the first floor ©章鱼见筑


Change strategy


Facing the rigid government office building, the facade was firstly transformed.

▼立面改造分析,facade renovation analysis ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室


园区入口建筑改造 | Park entrance building renovation


The entrance of the park needs to improve the recognition degree and increase the scientific and technological color in line with the positioning of the Core Valley Industrial Park. Therefore, the entrance of the park retains the form of feng shui roof compression, outsourced aluminum plate folding plate, and extracted the video recorder circuit chip as the technology sense pattern skin. Light is added inside, so that the skin is emphasized by the form of light emitted inside at night, and the high-tech image of Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park is shaped.

▼改造前入口立面,entrance before renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼入口立面改造分析,entrance facade renovation analysis ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼改造后的园区入口,entrance of the industrial park after renovation ©章鱼见筑

▼改造后的入口近景,带有科技感的图案表皮,closer view to the facade after renovation with patterned skin with a sense of technology ©章鱼见筑


2#楼建筑改造 | Building renovation of # 2


Building 2#, the main building at the entrance of the park, lacks public rest space and the overall landscape of original industrial relics, resulting in a waste of space and a chaotic commercial street. The overall shape of Building 2# lacks vertical lines, and parking is chaotic and unorganized. Since the original window position must be maintained during the reconstruction of Building 2#, if the original architectural modeling logic is not changed, the video recorder circuit chip is extracted as the inspiration source for the facade to reshape the entrance hall of Building 2#.

▼改造前2#楼外观,external view of #2 building before renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼2#楼立面改造分析,facade renovation analysis of #2 building ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼2#楼改造后入口,entrance of the #2 building after renovation ©章鱼见筑


At the same time, without changing the original window position and the constraints of the original building modeling logic, the vertical line of the window is enhanced. The technological sense of the circuit chip and the vertical lines of the Windows are combined to create a dynamic facade.

▼富有生机的立面造型,dynamic facade ©章鱼见筑


连廊建筑改造 | Reconstruction of Connected Corridor Building


The corridor between 1# and 2# buildings has been given a new skin.

▼连廊,corridor ©章鱼见筑


3#楼建筑改造 | Building renovation of # 3


Building 3# lacks characteristics, mixed road for people and cars, and empty space leads to space waste. The original window position also needs to be maintained when building 3# is renovated. Under the condition of not changing the original modeling logic, the original outdoor air conditioning unit is unchanged and the wooden grille with Soviet style window sash effect is outsourced.

▼改造前3#楼外观,external view of #3 building before renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼3#楼立面改造分析,facade renovation analysis of #3 building ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼改造后的3#楼外观,external view of the #3 building after renovation ©章鱼见筑

▼3#楼立面,外包木格栅,facade of the #3 building enveloped by wooden louvers ©章鱼见筑


The original vegetation is lush, so it is preserved. The design shuttled these lush green plants in the wooden grid, taking the meaning of Suzhou classical traditional garden “bamboo sea listen to rain”.

▼与立面结合的绿植,original vegetation combined with the facade ©章鱼见筑


景观改造 | Landscape renovation


The original site lacks public rest space; Parking chaos, lack of regularity, resulting in a waste of space; Vestiges of actual primitive industrial remains; The high street was chaotic. In order to solve the above problems, a crowd gathering place was built along the main road of the park in combination with the business on the ground floor. The garage on the first floor of the original 2# building was transformed into a commercial space, and a “small box” was placed to make the commercial space full of vitality. Outdoor industrial relics are reserved beside the main road of the park to form a corridor of industrial relics that can be stayed. The “little box” commercial space faces the promenade of industrial relics and is full of interest.

▼景观改造分析,landscape renovation analysis ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼室外景观休闲空间,outdoor landscape and leisure area ©章鱼见筑


2#楼主门厅室内改造 | Interior renovation of the main foyer of Building 2# 


Building 2# is the most eye-catching building closest to the entrance of Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park. However, its foyer not only lacks the sense of science and technology matching with Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park, but also has a single function and is very rigid. Therefore, after the transformation, the ceiling adopts the light-emitting film ceiling, the floor adopts the cement brick, and the main traffic space is made of brushed stainless steel and LED light belt to create a futuristic sci-fi sense, including the meaning of “the door of the wisdom core”.

▼2#楼主门厅,main foyer of #2 building ©章鱼见筑


2#楼展厅(原车库)室内改造 | 2# Floor Exhibition Hall (Original Garage) Interior Transformation


The first floor of the original 2# building was used as a garage for a long time, which wasted a good public rest space. And the ceiling pipeline complex, too high space. During the transformation, they will be liberated and placed into boxes one by one. Combined with the bottom business, the places for people to gather and stay will be increased. Industrial remains are reserved outdoors. The “box business” faces the original industrial relic outside to create a vibrant indoor and outdoor public rest space. The interior floors are self-leveled with cement, while the ceilings are curved with perforated aluminum panels, inspired by the image of “clouds”. “Cloud” refers to the object receiving the service, no matter when and where, can enjoy the services provided by cloud computing. In this way, it is more suitable for the high-tech industry of Suzhou Industrial Park. The interspersed “box buildings” are made of wood grain composite panels, which match the warm and moist wood feel of Suzhou traditional gardens.

▼2#楼展厅,exhibition hall in the #2 building ©章鱼见筑


1#楼报告厅前厅室内改造 | Interior renovation of the front office of the Lecture Hall on Floor 1


The height of the front hall of the original lecture hall on Floor 1# is too high and the sense of hierarchy is weak. The high window at the top of the side causes the light source to be scattered. During the transformation, layers of chip lines are extracted and translated into indoor LED lighting design with modern sense of flow and high-tech sense, which is in line with the overall positioning of Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park.

▼1#楼报告厅前厅,front office of the lecture hall in the #1 building ©章鱼见筑

▼楼梯和灯光细部,closer view to the stairs and the lighting ©章鱼见筑


报告厅室内改造 | Interior renovation of the lecture hall


The layout of the original lecture hall is rigid and the interior is cramped. After the transformation, wood grain composite panels and LED light strips bring a strong contrast, as well as white luminous characters and stainless steel as the ornament, always emphasizing the modern sense of science and technology of Suzhou Core Valley Industrial Park.

▼报告厅室内,interior of the lecture hall ©章鱼见筑


Create the dream of the park again


By building a high-quality urban space with culture leading, green first, science and technology promoting, industry, financial education, and harmonious co-existence, we will explore the complex model of business, industry and economy of famous cities. From the point to the surface, improve the spatial quality of the ancient city, promote the development of regional economic transformation. Promote regional consumption, improve regional output value, build a leading platform for industrial transformation, and transform to an urban economy supported by multiple points such as industry, service and consumption. To form a reproducible promotion model, lead the development direction of the industrial park, and set up a new benchmark for the development of industrial economy.

▼总平面图,site plan ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼2#楼一层平面图,first floor plan of the #2 building ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼2#楼二层平面图,second floor plan of the #2 building ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼1#门头立面图,elevation of the #1 gate ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼2#楼改造后立面图,elevations of the #2 building after renovatoion ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室


▼3#楼改造后立面图,elevations of the #3 building after renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室

▼4#楼改造后立面图,elevation of the #4 building after renovation ©上海交通大学奥默默工作室