Location: Shanghai, China
Project Year: 2016
Area: 300 m2
Chinese office architecture in Shanghai ‘Pump House Renovation‘ was created by the Chinese architecture studio NAN Architects. As the office is established in a residential area, the confidentiality of the office is one of the most important factors in this project.
The pumping station has been abandoned for many years, staying lonely in the neighborhood. People passing by, never realize its existence nor even take a look at it. However, Mottled walls and wild vines hide a lot of memory. It is the architect’s topic to revoke its existence. The client wants to convert it into office of 8-10 occupants. Space is the essence of architecture. Our strategy is to maintain its structure and spatial relationship, and eliminate superfluous decorative elements, dig out its inherent memory and value.
The designers located the terrace on the south facade which is away from the residential buildings. On the north facade which is visible from the residents, they built a solid wall with a skylight and a bottom ribbon window, which make the space mysterious but not depressed. The Chinese office is six meters high, with lots of high-side window which brings a lot of space for the creativity. An added mezzanine space can take advantage of these windows. What they only need to do is to adjust its size and proportion slightly. The architects convert the original underground water storage space into a basement. In order to avoid risks of bio-gas, the basement entrance is located outdoors, where cantilevered steel steps can be located between the gap of the arc retaining wall and the main building.
The created space is the excellent canvas in minimalistic black and white colors. Combinations of openness and privacy perfectly balanced. So that everyone can find their place and feel comfortable.