Adarc International Studio Limited have been shortlisted for Regeneration/ Restoration Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020.
The design carefully protected the original structures, giving high degree of respects to the beauty of old space, while lending new opportunities to create space diversity and functionality. In this project, the architect developed a series of tectonic approaches for bamboo and wood detailing and installation, to make possible the contemporary articulation and expression for modern oriental architecture reconsidered. The design successfully generated multi-layers of new interior landscape, using series of wood or steel staircase to link up complicated levels and functions.
Bamboo, wood, and terracotta brick detailing and installation are widely used in the project. In response to the low-cost and fast construction nature of the project, the architect encouraged the use of local material such as second-hand aged wood floor, inexpensive local bamboo strip, and local produced terracotta bricks, to minimise the transportation and installation costs, which formed an important part of the passive sustainable design strategy.
In the past few decades, ‘Globalization’ seemed as the prevailing mentality covering every aspect of work and life in many Asia countries, which meantime left many problems neglecting local cultural value and regional identity. Through this project exercise, the design team tried to rethink the value of local Ling-nan culture of Guangzhou, signifying the art of acceptance, of balancing, of cultural-friendly and of mixing the old-and-new. “Bamboo” represents the quality of integrity, humbleness, elegance, unworldliness, and progression, which are in high consistency with the pursuit of the architecture quality of the project. Terracotta bricks are the local inexpensive product that are easily available, yet it needs to be reinvented through cognition of traditional construction skill and spirit of craftsmanship.
Design starts from caring the peaceful mix in between nature and human, caring site-specific conditions, and caring the reflection of local culture and life belong to the place. The interior architecture itself made an elegant balance between heritage beauty and new additions of modern activities. The project also established a positive standard in industrial rejuvenation, with strategies on low-cost construction, application on local material and craftsmanship, and high degree of spatial diversity in responding recent trend of working culture with increasing demands on free-flow, flexibility, fairness, and identity for young creative industries.
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