Excerpt: Yunjian Granary Renovation “Shanghai Xigu Art Museum”, designed by DCDSAA Architecture Office, is landmark art exhibition hall of local culture through large-scale renovation. The unique double-top conjoined structure in the whole of Shanghai visually unifies the space of the double-top structure, which also adds a sense of strength to the art museum and inspires people’s desire for exploration.
[Text as submitted by architect] This old grain warehouse building from 1950s to 1990s, the overall park consists of 59 old buildings, which were previously used for grain storage, factory workshop, barn, etc., and were upgraded to Yunjian Grain Creative Park through new planning; The conceptual design of the building was quickly determined, and it was transformed into a landmark art exhibition hall of local culture through large-scale renovation, thus making it live again. The designer has set up a number of freely changing geometric shapes in the space, and the interior building has a height of 7.5m. The unique double-top conjoined structure in the whole of Shanghai visually unifies the space of the double-top structure, which also adds a sense of strength to the art museum and inspires people’s desire for exploration.
Stepping into the exhibition hall from the main entrance, a completely new artistic scene; Lighting design plays an important role in creating a dynamic visual effect and attracting people to explore deeply. The window shape of the exhibition hall echoes the ingenious architecture with artistic expression. The window outlines a dynamic visual scene with luminous lines, reflecting the design layering and permeability, and strives to attract people here to turn their eyes from the window to other different areas.
In the whole process of building renovation, the designer particularly emphasized the use of ecological and natural sustainable building materials, and the dilapidated building structure of the whole complex was repaired from scratch and renovated according to the local codes for protecting historical traces. The worn old red brick on the facade embeds new language, revealing a brand-new whole building structure, bringing new possibilities to the building skin, interpreting the aesthetic deduction of contemporary materials, and creating a kind of harmony between the new and the old.
The space of the art museum has individuality and creative characteristics. It is divided into three parts, high and low, in different proportions according to functions. It follows the orderly separation of moving lines. Each block is free to enter and exit each other. Delicate consideration of the effect of light and shadow, the geometric shape of the floor-to-ceiling glass on the outer wall draws light into the room, and the light and shadow flicker, injecting endless imagination into the limited realm. The connection between the fine stones on the ground and the material of the bluestone slab, and the shape and texture of the old wooden planks in different heights create the interior flexibility and give each piece of art the best viewing effect. The huge blocks build a sense of artistry and sculpture. It is full of interest, and the whole endows the art with the most authentic emotional transmission.
In the space, we use a variety of materials with different textures, splicing, overlapping, collision and reorganization, but the selection of most materials is based on the narrative atmosphere of the space, and it is also necessary to control the rhythm change of the overall experience. This change will make the space atmosphere subtle and detailed, while not robbing the attraction of the main body; In the space areas that need to be emphasized, we will use materials that jump out of the sense of wholeness to enhance the sense of conflict in the space.
We express the work through the traces of the legacy or the past, so we decided to retain some of its original structure and walls. We believe that the collision and fusion of these old structural traces and the new design will present us with a completely different experience. This creates a sense of conflict and drama in the space; rusted steel plates, exposed red bricks, plain materials, and textured textures look cooler, more open, and more futuristic under the light of technology.