“River Viewing Service Station” is a service station at Lujiazui northern riverside section on the eastern bank of the Project on “Connecting Both Sides of Huangpu River of Shanghai”, providing citizens with rest spaces and public toilets. The station is within a narrow levee-shaped green field defined by riverside running path and inner riding path. It is an extension of the access of an existing underground garage staircase. The site is more than two meters above the city roads with the northern riverside slightly higher than the southern side. In the neighborhood there are many old trees, forming a small forest.
▼驿站位于狭长的堤状滨江绿地内，the station is within a narrow levee-shaped green field
In order to balance an extremely short project schedule of only one month and our unremitting pursuit for quality and space experience and to give consideration to problems such as space constraint and control of garage roof structural weight, we adopted the steel and wood hybrid system mainly composed of laminated wood to make a rapid construction possible. With a high prefabricated rate, the site is basically adopting dry construction, which has little impact on the environment.
Backed by a succession of skyscrapers in Lujiazui and separated by Huangpu River from Old Bund and North Bund, this site is a key public space in central Shanghai. This small station has provided us with opportunities to explore the relationship between architectures and sceneries that have exceeded its own dimension. We hope that this station can intensify its own features while serving the citizens in an easily approachable atmosphere so that the architectures can become a scenery amplifier. The name of “River Viewing Service Station” has highlighted the double appeals of the service station.
▼营造平易近人的建筑氛围，an easily approachable atmosphere
The station can be divided into two sections: The eastern part is a relatively closed public toilet while the western section is an L-shaped lounge combined with garage staircase. The northern and western sides facing the Bund are both full-height glazing and rest platforms. On the northern river-viewing platform is provided with benches along the station´s external wall, where visitors can take fitness break. Between these two parts there is a roofed vestibule cutting through the architecture, which connects the riding path in relatively low south with the river-viewing platform in relatively high north. The square planar contour of the station is in sharp contrast to the relatively complicated half-spiral straight line curved surface single-direction purline roofing structure made of copper imitated Al-Mg-Mn Alloy Sheeting.
▼东侧是相对封闭的公共卫生间，the eastern part is a relatively closed public toilet
▼西侧是和车库楼梯间结合在一起的L形休息室， the western section is an L-shaped lounge combined with garage staircase
Viewed from the riverside, the station resembles a large pavilion with far-extending eaves and a lithe crimped roof, which is slightly elevated from the site. The umbrella-shaped radial purlines under the counter-slope eaves in the north have become a visual focus. The purlines converge to form a natural triangular skylight, one half in the lounge and the other half above the vestibule, illuminating the dark roof recesses and strengthening the space depths.
▼从临江侧看，驿站像是一个大凉亭，viewing from the riverside, the station resembles a large pavilion
▼整个北侧的反坡屋檐下呈伞状的放射形布置的木檩条成为视觉焦点，the umbrella-shaped radial purlines under the counter-slope eaves in the north have become a visual focus
▼檩条汇聚处自然形成一个三角形的天窗，the purlines converge to form a natural triangular skylight
Viewed from the riding path in the south, the station roof is divided into two halves respectively in the east and west, which have different heights but both tilt inward. Especially, the roof at the corner of western-section stair case in the center has been depressed almost to the lowest point of visual horizon and the copper imitated plates roofing has extended to western section´s southern façade. This specially depressed dimension and the continuity between roof and façade have strengthened the entering sense of the side back to the river, guiding visitors from the central vestibule to the river scene.
▼从南侧骑行道看，驿站的屋顶被分为高低不同的东西两半，Viewed from the riding path in the south, the station roof is divided into two halves respectively in the east and west
▼在正中的西段楼梯间角部的屋顶被压到接近视平线的最低点， the roof at the corner of western-section stair case in the center has been depressed almost to the lowest point of visual horizon
Ascending step by step from the riding path through the narrow and low-rise vestibule, the roof will gradually rise with your body movement, the dense tree crowns originally at the end of the vestibule will also raise in your field of vision, breaking through the high and spacious eaves in the north. Standing on the open and clear river-viewing platform and viewing through the trunks at the bottom, you can see the glistening river surface is stretching horizontally, constituting a flowing scene with figures walking or running along the riverside. The benches on both sides of the vestibule will attract people to sit idly and appreciate the river scene leisurely. At this moment, you can only see the glistening river surface and feel a special tranquility when the city at the other side of the river is concealed by the trees. Of course, when you descend from the platform and zigzag down the stepping stones in the forest, you will access the running path and waterborne platform, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the magnificent city skylines across both sides of Huangpu River.
▼夜色中的驿站，architecture in the dark
建筑师：周蔚 + 张斌 / 致正建筑工作室
Credits and Data
Project Name:River View Service Station, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai
Architects: ZHOU Wei + ZHANG Bin / Atelier Z+
Partner in Charge: ZHANG Bin, ZHOU Wei
Project Architect: LI Zina
Project Team: LIU Xiaoyu, ZHANG Jihao, XIE Zhaorong
Design Cooperation: Shanghai SKF Construction Co.,Ltd.
Client:Shanghai LuJiazui(Group) Co.,Ltd.
General Contractor: Shanghai ShunjieConstruction (Group) Co.,Ltd., Shanghai SKF Construction Co.,Ltd.
Design Period: 11th, Aug., 2017 – 29th,Aug., 2017
Construction Period: 25th, Aug., 2017 – 25th, Sep., 2017
Building Area: 235m2
Gross Floor Area: 130m2
Structure: Hybrid Wood-steel Structure; 1 Story
Principal Use: Rest Room, Public Toilet
Primary Materials: Douglas Fir Glulam, Steel Profile, Douglas Fir Siding, Al-Mg-Mn Alloy Sheeting, Pre-coated Aluminum Profile, Slab Glass, Timber Pavement, Ceramic Tile
Cost: About2,000,000Yuan RMB
Photography: WU Qingshan