Jiaxing Nanhu Place, located in the Nanhu Lakeside area adjacent to the site of the “First National Congress of CPC” in Jiaxing, is endowed with abundant natural attractions and historical landscapes, including masses of well-protected historical and cultural buildings, such as the earliest industrial buildings survived in modern times – the silk spinning mills and warehouses symbolizing the national capital in the early days of China, as well as the kindergartens and Nanhu Academy left in the early days. They are the important clues to the context of urban culture. Over years of urban development and multiple rounds of planning and construction, it has become the most important area for organic renewal of the urban center of Jiaxing City.
▼东南整体鸟瞰，aerial view © 10 Studio
Founded on respect to the urban texture and preservation of original features, the project is developed by centering on the protection and restoration of historical buildings and advanced by creating experiential open-end commercial blocks integrated with artistic taste, trendy fashion, tourism and leisure, bestowing the city the new public spaces for historical and cultural vitality. The project is designed with two flow lines southward and northward respectively, namely, “a lake waterfront zone” and “a public recreational area for local residents” to integrate the culture and history into modern urban commercial and leisure scenes, creating vivid and retrospective spatial scenes for the sake of the honorable history and the anticipated future.
▼鸳湖里弄鸟瞰，aerial view © 10 Studio
Jiaxing Nanhu Place is composed of four major scenic clusters, the “Yuanhu Lane”, “Jiaxing Silk Impression”, “Nanhu Academy” and “Nanyan New Scenery”, integrating historical inheritance and locality into the modern architectural system and creating a space for LOHAS lifestyle.
▼鸳湖里弄，Yuanhu Lane scenic cluster © 10 Studio
The “Yuanhu Lane” takes high-end catering and characteristic hotels as its main business formats, of which constructions are surrounded by lanes, streets and squares of different scales and connected with open-air promenade, forming a rich and varied spatial system;
▼滨水空间，street view by the river © 10 Studio
▼露天廊桥，the open-air promenade © 10 Studio
▼丰富多变的空间体系，forming a rich and varied spatial system © 10 Studio
the “Jiaxing Silk Impression” transforms the silk spinning mills into comprehensive shopping centers in traditional architectural forms to enrich the historical and humanistic feelings of Nanhu Place by introducing art spaces, national brand flagship stores and large-scale bookstore;
▼嘉绢印象，Jiaxing Silk Impression © 10 Studio
▼丰富历史人文情怀，enriching the historical and humanistic feelings © 10 Studio
the “Nanhu Academy” with the settings of research and learning experience hall, innovation museum and lakeside theater featuring historical buildings of the academy is an enhancement of the space for interaction and experiencing;
▼南湖书院鸟瞰，aerial view of Nanhu Academy © 10 Studio
▼南湖书院迎宾广场，plaza of Nanhu Academy © 10 Studio
▼南湖书院街巷空间，street view of Nanhu Academy ©10 Studio
the “Nanyan New Scenery” is a cluster of landscapes with leisure and entertainment spaces such as light food and dining bars and tea houses scattered around, serving not only as the vitality node of the waterfront park, but also an important place for community activities such as hand-made crafts bazaars.
▼从街道看“南堰新景”，view of the Nanyan New Scenery from the street ©10 Studio
▼南堰新景，Nanyan New Scenery ©10 Studio
In line with the principle of “protection first and rationalized utilization”, the team made targeted designs in terms of transformation and restoration of the functions of the historical and cultural relics under protection so as to activate the organic integrity of the commercial block through renovation of the buildings. The integration of the transparent commercial system on the east side of the Jiaxing Silk Spinning Mill with the sunken plaza manifests a visual contrast between the real and the virtual owing to the modern glass material of new commercial building and the traditional brick and wood facade of the Jiaxing Silk Spinning Mill, which enriches the irregular changes of light and shadow among buildings and sets up a connection between the past and the present, deeming as the main showcase of Jiaxing Nanhu Place.
▼花架细部，details ©10 Studio
With integrated design for overall indoor and outdoor architecture, the unique wedge-shaped roof of the original building of Jiaxing Silk Mill is retained and its original wooden trusses are reinforced with steel structure to ensure safety and the natural lighting from the inclined skylight. The use of cement paint and white paint in the atrium space of the “silk yarn stage” echoes the memory of industrial buildings. The light and dynamic textures of silk yarn are created through metal mesh and smart lamps, which continues the historical memory and highlights the spatial characteristics.
▼屋檐与立面细部，details ©10 Studio
The project protects and revives industrial and cultural architectures. With Jiaxing Silk Mill as the center, the project area covers two cultural cores of the Nanhu Revolutionary Memorial Hall and Nanhu Academy of Culture underlined with the designs of social interaction spaces and commercial cultural and creative zones with senses of historical exploration and cultural experience. It enriches the historical and cultural accumulation of Jiaxing, pays tribute to the memory of the place, and responds to the proposition of the era of urban development with diverse and complex urban public spaces.
▼夜景，night view © 10 Studio
▼夜景，社交互动场所，night view, social interaction space © 燕飞
▼总平面，general plan © 天华
▼鸳湖里弄总平面图，general plan of Yuanhu Lane © 天华
▼嘉绢印象总平面图，general plan of Jiaxing Silk Impression © 天华
▼南湖书院总平面图，general plan of Nanhu Academy © 天华
▼南堰新景总平面图，general plan of Nanhu Academy Nanyan New Scenery © 天华
项目设计 & 完成年份： 2020.04-2020.11
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