CM office in the old town of Nantou / CM Design
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Manufacturers: Dongguan Zaoxin Metal Materials Co., Ltd., Foshan Xinshen Ceramics Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Yuanhai Architectural Materials Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Lizhiyuan Architecture Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Ou Si Luo Shell Technology Co., Ltd.
Text description provided by the architects. When you come to the old town of Nantou, you will feel amazed by all the different kinds of buildings built in different eras, such as the Dongguan Guildhall with its black bricks and gray tiles, the Xin’ county government office a with its towering colorful sculptures, Baode Ancestral Hall with gray sculptures and colorful paintings, Wen Tianxiang Ancestral Hall with the layout of three bays and three depths, and various exquisite fashion shops and buildings along the street including the sidewalks were of slate and square stone.
Walking through the cross street, one discovers the vitality of the alley next to it and the scenes of the normal daily life of this urban village. Also, you can discover different types of stores that cater to people’s daily needs, such as fish and vegetable vendors, retail stores, restaurants, hair salons, delivery stores, and more. Most of the time there are old people on the street and alley. with white hair sitting around the steps, couples chasing students and delivery men always rushing their way, they are often mixed in with the crowds of tourists on the side street. Sometimes just a glance can make you stop walking and get a good look at the diverse and stunning scenes of Nantou Old Town. You’d probably be amazed that people are so happy to be able to see different scenes every day and it never ends.
If you enter Nantou Old Town from the east gate, you will come to Wen Tianxiang Ancestral Hall 50 meters away. Looking west, you will be drawn to an exquisite little garden on the opposite side, and you will see a typical urban village residential building clad in gray water-washed sandstone. At the top of the building, there is a gray block that looks floating in the air, which will surprise you. If you often walk around the urban village or have an impression of the buildings of the 80s of the last century, you may have come across this material that we applied to the block that is built by the ceramic unit module custom lightweight foam in the table. Even though there is no longer a closed metal barrier on the balcony or the profiled aluminum sheet randomly installed in the attic and the air conditioning outdoor unit arranged scattered, the building could still be recognized for the residence probably.
Wu-Lan Tea Studio on the first floor continues the commercial atmosphere of the old town of Nantou. The gray space of the recessed entrance not only magnifies the narrow street, but also enters into conversation with the entrance space of the ancestral hall of Wen Tianxiang, and the original staircase aisle has become the window facing the street. Because the hostess of Wu-Lan has a strong sense of quality and protection of tea storage and flexible product display, materials that apply to the space without any chemical effect on the tea. For interior decoration, there is no drop ceiling, no brand new wardrobe and no redundant design. There is only a thin layer of adopted earth imitation surface on the original wall, and some old cabinets, wooden tables and chairs that the hostess has removed. Regardless of the angle when your view arrives, it always presents elegance with classic simplicity and graceful allure. In this space you can taste tea, taste incense, appreciate flowers, chat, as well as utensils, select, or you can have a good conversation with the hostess about the science of tea. In addition, you can participate in the tea sharing activity organized irregularly by the hostess.
About the CM desk, all you can see is the designers’ daily work site which consists of a group of graphic work tables, a whole wall cabinet of design materials, books and different series of design templates, as well as a cork wall with project photos. . This is due to the choice of the urban village residence to complete the replacement of the design studio space, we have no reason to escape the small scale but have removed as many partitions as possible which are not working not as a structure. In order to enhance the interaction and communication between the second and third floor, part of the floor slab was opened up to enlarge the vertical space with the spiral staircase satisfying the connection. The original windows were blocked by a concave at its exterior elevation in water-washed sandstone, implying where the windows had previously been. At the interior elevation, the old bricks have been deliberately exposed to become the raw bottom of the model display. The T-shaped structural columns in the space combine the display case and the modeling table, which provide a durable mix, and the most representative material of the time of an urban village, the mosaic has also been integrated into the design. ‘space. It just becomes serving spaces and served spaces.
If the appearance of the fourth floor has aroused great expectation, there should be real surprising spaces inside. built on top of the original building which had been reinforced to its structure. The roof terrace is an extension of the interior space, where you can appreciate photos of buildings in the old town of Nantou at different times.
Based on the value of different eras of cultural accumulation and historical impression, the whole design process respects the authenticity of history. Follow the urban design strategy of preservation and regeneration while integrating the local culture and layout of dispersed exhibition spaces. In order to enhance the interactive experiences, we sought to connect the three-dimensional open public cultural activity system and established a connection between the renovated old cultural buildings and the human landscape resources of the urban village. Is the only building that contains different spaces such as commerce, office and exhibition, which after being renovated from the residential building in the cross street. It is the sample of multiple coexistence of the transformation and upgrading of the old town of Nantou.