Atelier Archmixing: The Architecture of Change

Atelier Archmixing’s urban renovations have applied flexible strategies and achieved varied outcomes, while they all root in the understanding of the built environment as a temporal process and architectural change as a neutral state. Through moving the office every year in Shanghai to accommodate existed venues into their own design workplace and doing urban research in different regions, Archmixing tends to see architectural practice as a continuous circle of building, usage and change instead of a one-way trip of design and completion, renovation is a chance to reorganize existed relationship and build a new context.

Longhua Older Care Center turned façade beautification into functional promotion through adding light structures and function spaces on surfaces to support senior people’s public activities. Although with the same galley-courtyard spatial structure, the removal renovation of Chen Huacheng Memorial Hall has applied traditional material and details to create the seriousness climate for respecting a national hero and the familiar atmosphere for relaxing the people in this everyday urban park, while Yongjia Road Pocket Plaza has deliberately chosen contrasted colors and exaggerated structure and tectonic to build a unique collective memory for a dense old downtown community. Lighting up the luminous bricks for No. 8 Building of Hengshanfang, the quiet historical villa turns into the most brilliant attraction in this boutique commercial center. The house within house strategy, the elegant timber-steel structure and the dramatic floating green pipes have made an ordinary suburban factory into the hottest offline shop window for an online local brand.

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