The project is located on Cuiyuan Street, West Lake District, Hangzhou, at the western end of the "Wensan Road Electronic Information Street", at the intersection of Gongzhuan Road and Wensan Road. With a favorable geographical environment about only ten minutes away from West Lake, it occupies an area of about 6500 square meters and consists of three multi-story buildings with frame structure. Before the renovation, it mainly served the trade processing enterprises and as warehouses. The problems of aging hardware and facilities, backwardness and chaos, and obsolete office environment in the park had become prominent, and the pressure of market competition has increased. The comprehensive upgrading and transformation of the park was imminent.
The presence of many triangular elements in the existing buildings is both a feature of the project and a symbol of oriental charm. Therefore, we decided to maximize this particular element in our design, and make it an outstanding feature of the project.
The triangles vary in size and angle, so that when they are extended and intersected, they form the shape of paired mountain ridges, which is also consistent with the character of the site. Based on this, we decided to use black and white as the main color of the project, interspersed with red brick, wood grain, and greenery, to create a three-dimensional ink landscape painting around the West Lake using modern construction techniques.
At the beginning, we’ve set the theme of the park as "Ecology, Humanity, Science and Technology", emphasizing the harmonious development of human and nature, work and environment. Thus, the efficient use of limited space became the most important design priority.
Originally served as high-density offices and warehouses, the park lacked shared leisure space. We were inspired by the spatial layout of the West Lake Scenic Area, which has the West Lake as its dynamic line connecting various attractions. We decided to put in different volumes of public space in different dimensions, and made sure that these spaces were visible and accessible through our detailing. We also made full use of the rooftop area of each building, arranging functional modules such as sky gardens and rooftop playgrounds according to the size.
Another particular finding during the site visit was that the envelope layout of the existing buildings creates triangular shadows on the facade at different scales when the sunlight enters at different angles. We took advantage of this, and through our design, the shadows of the midday sun intersect with the triangular block of the facade, which is magnified by our design, to create a new isosceles triangle. This enriches the facade effect and makes the park more interesting.
As the park was completely closed before the renovation, we opened up the street frontage and introduced boutique amenities on the first floor along the street, which also enriched the functional architecture of the park.
As the project is located at the intersection of roads, this facade became the centerpiece of the project. We created a sense of mountain peaks by adding stylized canopies and plant walls. Even from a distance, the green roof wall can be seen as a bit of new green in the city skyline.
After a thorough study of the building's volume, we decided to open up the elevator halls from the 1st to 3rd floors and add outdoor terraces as a shared living room and lounge in the park. Also, we continue to use triangular elements, with colored stainless steel panels, water grain stainless steel panels, green walls and LED screens, in order to achieve equal emphasis on technology and nature.
We hope to transform and upgrade the CEC WEGO into a future park with the theme of Internet + culture, which integrates entrepreneurship, office and leisure.
Meanwhile, as one of the first batch of key projects of renovation of old buildings and old business districts in West Lake District of Hangzhou, we hope to make the CEC WEGO project a highlight of the area through our design.