Under the impact of modern urbanization, the decline of rural areas has become an unavoidable reality. Mix Architecture was commissioned by Jiangshan Fishing Village in Gaochun of Nanjing to meet the basic needs of indigenous peoples for modern functions and cultural life, and formulated a rural renewal plan. It is hoped that from the perspective of the “man” of the village origin, the small fishing village on the shore of Gucheng Lake will be changed by using fragmented transformation and construction.
The first phase of the Jiangshan Fishing Village Renewal Plan consists of two parts, namely the renovation of the vacant old homes and the construction of rural public facilities.
▼书舍融于村庄之中，the design retains the external appearance of the rare old houses in this village
The transformation of the old house is the focus of the renovation plan. The design retains the external appearance of the rare old houses with the maximum degree in this village, hoping to emphasize the importance of regional characteristics and cultural heritage. At the same time, disruptive functional replacement and spatial reconstruction of the interior of the building were implemented. A bookcase wrapped in a patio and a glass tea pavilion facing the courtyard were implanted. They not only became the center of space activities, but also broke the boundaries between the interior and exterior, introducing sunlight and nature into the dimly old houses, making them become Village neighborhoods as a new place for communication and cultural blending.
▼书舍大厅与天井冥想空间，bookhouse lobby and meditation patio
▼天井书架与玻璃茶亭相连，the patio is connected with the glass teahouse
▼玻璃茶亭植入，the teahouse is inserted into the building volume
▼从茶亭望向后院，back yard seen from the teahouse
▼消隐的边缘打破了室内外的界限，为原本昏暗老宅引入了阳光和自然，the glazed walls broke the boundaries between the interior and exterior, introducing sunlight and nature into the dimly old houses
▼新与旧的共存，coexistence of old and new
▼内院雪景，inner yard view
▼客房卧室的“取景框”，the “viewing frame” of the guest room
▼书舍平面，book house plan
▼书舍剖透视图，bookhouse sectional perspective
▼玻璃茶亭大样，glass teahouse detail
村口厕所 | Toilet at the entrance
The construction of rural public health facilities is to meet villagers’ needs of nearby toilets in their daily life and working. The two public toilets are located at the entrance of the village and the groves in the village. The most basic forms and architectural methods of construction ensure that a simple modern aesthetic can still be presented in less capital and regional construction conditions. And through the dislocation of buildings, a “gap” is formed, allowing the building to enjoy good ventilation and lighting effects with only a small amount of equipment.
▼村口厕所雪景概貌，exterior view of the toilet at the entrance to the village
▼屋顶的抽移与形体交错，a “gap” is formed through the dislocation of building blocks
▼村口公厕平面图，village toilet plan
▼村口公厕剖透视，village toilet sectional perspective
林间厕所 | Toilet in the forest
▼宛如身处树林中的“斑驳”光影，plays of lights simulating the forest scene
At the end of the year, the first phase of the renewal project was completed. We were pleased to see that these “gadgets” built were recognized by the villagers and subtly influenced the life of the villagers. Everyone began to like to go to library in the afternoon, reading or chatting, and began to have a new view on the use, forms and functions of traditional old houses or new buildings. The starting point of Jiang Shan’s practice is different from the current home-bust-style rural construction boom. It originates from the simplest life and cultural needs of the villagers, and it affects the genes of the village from the very beginning. To a certain extent, the thinking of design on the social significance of architecture goes beyond its form, and the expectation of rural revival begins in the practice of design.
▼森林公厕平面图，forest toilet plan
▼森林公厕剖透视，forest toilet sectional perspective
Jiangshan Fishing Village Renovation Practice/Mix Architecture
Project Name: Jiangshan Fishing Village Update Practice
Project Address: Jiangshan Village, Gaochun District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province
Architectural Firm: Mix Architecture
Project Team: Wu Ziye, Zhou Suning, Tang Tao, Liu Man, Mao Junpeng
Design Time: 2017.04
Completion Time: 2018.01
Gross Built Area: 385 square meters
Construction Team: Nantong Jielida Construction Service Co., Ltd.
Photo Credits: Hou Bowen
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