The ongoing shift of industry 4.0 brings the revolution to traditional Chinese manufacturing. In 2015, China charted out a 300 billion plan to become nearly self-sufficient by 2025 in a range of important industries. Our thesis aims to find new forms of factory building adapting the industrial technology trends in Chinese developed cities.
Starting with mapping the industrial heritages of Shanghai, we found the site located in old city center which struck us with its surrounding of traditional cultural heritage, and also next to a traditional manufacturing and commercial street, which means the area contains a huge potential in business. The traditional handmade art crafts used to be a main breadwinner for the local people, but now it becomes just handicraft known by few old folks. So we come up the idea of utilizing the new technology to reactive the traditional artworks, creating new kind of factory blocks mixed with different function space of manufacturing, selling, living , shipping and recreation.
Surrounding by the tourism traditional business streets, all the ground floor is designed to be open with non-stopping walking grid to return the spatial feeling of traditional alley and increase the commercial facade. The inner part is located the open market in which the goods produced inside the blocks can be sold. We take the reference of the fluent space of Aldo Van Eyck, with this flexible and transparent identity , we break the main factory floors to several flowing inner layers so that the process of manufacturing can be an important visual effects in our project to share the knowledge and experience. This main idea are used in the main 4 types of factory units which are combined with different function and space according to the site environment.
The Chinese young people nowadays is high on new trends, we bring this chance for them to understand and protect the traditional culture. With the benefit of advanced technology, everyone could be the artist to deign their own masterpieces.
The north blocks are shops to continue the existing commercial street, the south blocks are designed as open gate to the main residential area in our site. The inner part is located the open market in which the goods produced inside the blocks can be sold, which we take the reference of the fluent space of Aldo Van Eyck. And this flexible and transparent identity we also applied into our factory space as a main design idea.