The Huada logistics warehouse is located in Fangcun represents enthusiasm and glory in the time of industrial time. More than 70 years have passed since then, the warehouse is replaced by grass and dust. It is dilapidated and desolate. In the era of rushing forward, it seems to be forgotten by this city. However, in the eyes of the design team, these old factory buildings along the Pearl River records the site memories which is a space with unlimited possibilities for transformation.
Agile Skyline 715 is a reconstruction project located in the old address of Huada warehouse. Research has been done around the site so that the design team could actually study the local culture. When the "Lingnan Nursery Rhymes" rang, the inspiration in my head was flashing. A group of kitty gang was chosen for the main storyline, with the childlike design full of Lingnan regional characteristics to pay tribute to the beauty of old Guangzhou.
The Xinyu Plaza at the entrance restores the scene of the most popular Lingnan nursery rhyme "Rainfall" in Cantonese area. It outlines a sense of ebullience and brings Cantonese cultural memories to life. With the technology of front-projected holographic display, the image of the cat is artistically transformed into the project IP image "Tianmei" by humans in the vertical rain curtain, depicting a fantasy visual art.
Turning into the light and shadow corridor, the scene of the nursery rhyme "Pointing the Cat" is shown, where the cat playing around is fixed here.The design of the corridor refines the elements of the old city. The transparent glazed bricks soften the light and leak the color, which contains the charm of the Manchurian windows of the Xiguan house in the past.
During the day, the secret forest is filled with green; when the night falls, the scenery of dancing firefly express the poetic expectation of human and animals towards nature.The red brick scenery wall is designed with unevenness, which imitated the original warehouse. It includes the memory of the site and the trace of history. Gentle blessing by the warm sunshine in the afternoon, imagine the twinkling stars at night, it forms a Lingnan-style light and shadow art painting, which draws a page in the long history that belongs to the industrial age.
In front of the building, a pond which is made of Lingnan tiles is reflecting the moon. A fountain is raised in the middle of the pond. When the light is turned on at night, a Lingnan nursery rhyme seems to be in the ears, and the pursuit of childhood seems to be yesterday, inheriting and reflecting the historical sentiment of the Pearl River water, and the inexhaustible history of Canton are surging.
The warehouse is developed into Liwan Library – the second part of Agile Skyline 715.The design maintains the original charm of the warehouse, with a large area of red brick and wood exposed, rendering the original warm atmosphere to a deeper level of soft tones. My companions and I can still stay on our favorite sloping roof and enjoy the sun in the afternoon.
The cat’s IP image "Tianmei" penetrates every part of the building, blending science fiction and fashion, as if it is the daily scenery of Tianmei's life, making the library space to be more international.Taking the square structure of the old warehouse as foundation, the library is surrounded by bookshelves. It stores the spiritual food in order to let the old space glow with new vitality. People could feel the richness of the culture here, regain the joy of reading, and bring out more possibilities for social life.
This tiny change in Fangcun is just a small piece of the changes in the urban living environment. However, there is always someone who loves this land deeply and keeps the original culture of the site in the heart. In the future, there may be more interesting stories happening here, are you looking forward to it?