Shankangli is located in the former public concession area in the center of Shanghai (North Shaanxi Road x Kangding Road). The project is surrounded by Platanus and old red brick buildings, and an Indian Sikh church and its ancillary facilities are preserved in the center of the site, retaining a strong atmosphere of old Shanghai. On the other hand, the buildings have been arbitrarily altered and rebuilt, and the local building materials market and residences are cluttered. The features of the concession era were no longer existing. Therefore, we plan to build a "Creative Village", a combination of creative offices and boutique businesses, to bring a new glimmer to the project.
While making full use of the scale and materials of the historic buildings, we also considered the sense of unity with the upscale boutique stores and restaurants in the old concession area, aiming to create a new landmark with old Shanghai style. To enhance the sustainability of the project, in addition to the contrast between the old and new hardware, we use flexible and interactive digital devices on the facade so that customers can interact with the devices using their cell phones, which enriches the sense of experience.
Kangding Road Entrance
The entrance in Kangding Road looked like a flagpole due to the distance of only 7 meters between the adjacent buildings and the complex shape of the site. In order to maximize the entrance and improve visibility to attract customers, we cut the side part of the original building next to the entrance diagonally, widened the main entrance to 10 meters, and integrated the cut surface with the staircase, leading customers to the second floor.
With many narrow alleys and cul-de-sacs in the site, the visibility is poor. We designed a large pixelated grid curtain wall in the center of the site based on the traffic flow from the entrance, so that customers can see it from anywhere in the site. Customers can also control the curtain wall and lighting changes through an interactive mechanism controlled by mobile terminals to experience interaction with the entire park space.
We place artwork, public furniture and water features in existing alleys, cul-de-sacs and other spaces that are commercially considered dead ends, thus creating a healing space that serves as a relaxing gathering place for commuters in the neighborhood as well as visitors.
In order to harmonize with the surrounding environment, the exterior walls are made of washed stone, which is commonly used in old Shanghai houses. In addition, light earth tones are used throughout the project, creating a calm atmosphere that blends in with the surrounding neighborhood.
Currently, as the entire construction industry is shifting from "discarding the old" to "reusing the old", aiming of sustainable development, the renovation of existing buildings is one of the most important challenges that society needs to address. In this project, while preserving the existing landscape and historic buildings as much as possible, by adding digital installations to ensure sustainability, we aim to create a creative park that allows people to experience the extraordinary in their daily life.