Spatial transformation, urban acupuncture: like cells, they are gradually replaced, with points gradually radiating the surrounding area, forming a comprehensive renewal of urban space. Urban renewal is continuous, but should also be small-scale and gradual, the city is not breaking down the old and making new, but pushing out the new, in the continuous urban renewal is continued and constantly gaining new life, the city thus gets a continuous vitality of life.
▼从门廊望向入口区域，View from the porch
Interpretation of the site
Suzhou is one of the first national historical and cultural cities, the first ‘World Heritage Model City’ in the world, with a history of nearly 2,500 years, an important birthplace of the Wu culture and a reputation as a ‘paradise on earth’. The culture of the academy has played an important role in Suzhou from ancient times to the present day. Suzhou High School is one of its most outstanding representatives. Its predecessor is one of the longest established schools in the world, with a history of 951 years.
The project site is located at 45 Jin Shi He Yan in the ancient city of Gusu, Suzhou. The industrial park is adjacent to the main road Renmin Road to the east, Sanyuanfang Station on Metro Line 4, Shu Yuan Lane to the south and Dao Qian Street to the north, and is surrounded by a strong campus atmosphere, including the historic Suzhou High School, showing the spirit of Suzhou’s cultural lineage from ancient times to the present. The site has a total land area of 15,490m2 and a total construction area of 18,710㎡.
Past life and present life
In 1953, the Railway Academy was relocated here and renamed as the Shanghai Railway Administration Staff School, and in 1983 it was renamed as Suzhou Railway Machinery School, and after 2000 it formed the Golden Lion Creative Arts and Culture Park, which since its establishment has continued to explore innovative models and standards for the operation of cultural new economy industrial parks in Gusu, becoming a “professional incubation base” for quality cultural elements and cultural new economy enterprises in Gusu. professional incubation base”.
In 2018, the Golden Lion Cultural Park was awarded the title of “National Experimental Base for New Cultural Economy Development Standards”. The park will now be opened to the public as the first “campus culture” themed park in Suzhou, the Golden Lion “Campus Lane” Creative Arts and Culture Park.
▼场地现状，The original site
Weak urban connectivity: The Golden Lion Industrial Park is located on a secondary road branching off from Daoqian Street, with narrow streets and many residential and office buildings in the vicinity, making the public space less open and lacking in urban shared space, and therefore less connected to the city.
Closed and isolated street space: the ground floor along the streets of the park are mostly commercial offices, the street interface is closed and the buildings in the park are scattered, resulting in a discrete spatial division in the park.
Poor spatial structure: The ground floor along the street is mostly commercial offices, with low utilization rate of the value space, and the site is relatively closed, and the road is narrow and the entrance is mixed with pedestrian and vehicular traffic, which easily causes congestion and poor traffic flow.
The original buildings will be reconstructed and partially added to, and the scattered buildings will be connected into a whole through partial additions. The façade of the office buildings in the park will be designed and upgraded to increase the modern atmosphere, and new activity spaces will be added to the landscape part to make the buildings and nature co-exist in harmony.
▼沿街立面效果，View from the street
▼改造后园区入口效果，Entrance to the campus
▼立面节点效果，Facade detailed view
Entrance porch: facing the community
The original site was closed on all sides and pedestrians could only enter through two narrow entrances. The design removes the original one-storey bungalow facing the local community and creates an open entrance space through the lawn and structures. The open lawn underneath the SU elements provides space for a variety of future operational activities. At the same time the corridor is connected to the street to enhance the identity of the entrance, while the two corridors facing the street provide a public space for the city’s residents to take a short break.
▼从街道望向门廊，View from the street
▼连廊提高入口辨识度，The porch enhances the identity of the entrance
Building #1: Memory and renovation go hand in hand
▼1#楼改造示意，Building #1 Renovation diagram
As a typical office building type, the renovation strikes a balance between the new and the old. The main materials used in the renovation are light-weight exterior cladding materials, including perforated metal panels, fish-scale mesh and frosted glass. The sense of memory of the original structure is preserved, while the secondary structure is strategically placed on the basis of the original structure. The decorative elements of the period have also been retained to coexist with the new materials. The original structure of the building is retained, the outer corridor is semi-enclosed, a steel frame is added and the ground floor is opened up to form a commercial space, using a four-part transformation (modern window frames, unified ground floor shops and large opening view windows) to strengthen the overall sense of the building.
▼1#楼外观，Building # exterior view
▼1#楼沿街立面效果，Elevation from the street
▼改造后外立面节点，Exterior view after renovation
▼建筑细部节点，Facade detailed view
▼建筑细部节点，Facade detailed view
Building #2: Gusu style trans-translation
▼2#楼改造示意，Building #2 Renovation diagram
Building #2 is located at the corner of the park and articulates with the surrounding low-rise traditional Suzhou-style settlements, so the design has more demands in terms of style and appearance. The design uses a traditional sloping roof form combined with wood coloured poles to form a contemporary translation of traditional Su-style architecture, while breaking up the overall massing through the openwork bricks on the ground floor. The ground floor of the building houses the external shop and the first floor houses the office space.
▼2#楼鸟瞰，Building #2 Aerial view
▼2#楼人视，Building #2 Perspective
▼2#楼园区内立面效果，View from the campus
Building 3: Restoring the old to the new
▼3#楼改造示意，Building #3 Renovation diagram
Building 3 is located at the heart of the entire campus, as a historic building surrounded by large trees. The design uses a restoration strategy to maximise the preservation of the original building materials, features and climbing vines. The renovation was carried out mainly through consolidation and restoration. The large trees on the site have been preserved as far as possible. As the core building of the whole park, the Red Building adds to the historical heritage of the whole park while showing the urban renewal scene of juxtaposing the old with the new.
▼3#楼主立面效果，#3 Main building facade
▼新旧并置的场景，The juxtaposition of old and new parts
▼改造后景观效果，Landscape after renovation
Building 4: Sculptural feel and large opening windows
▼4#楼改造示意，Building #4 Renovation diagram
Building 4 is located in the interior of the park and is relatively large in volume. The design makes use of the characteristics of the original building, retaining the large window openings to create an interesting contrast with the other buildings, while using lighter materials such as perforated panels to achieve a lighter effect.
▼4#楼外观，#4 Building exterior view
▼4#楼改造后效果，Exterior view after renovation
▼立面细部，Facade detailed view
Gusu Club: a micro-renewal-led garden renovation
The Gusu Park within the park retains better garden qualities. Based on financial and time considerations, a micro-renewal-led renovation strategy was adopted to enhance the environment through locally implanted and groomed greenery, vignettes and components, while retaining the charm of the original Soviet-style gardens.
▼姑苏会改造后立面效果，Gusu Club – after renovation
Conclusion: Re-creating the park dream
By creating a high-quality urban space that is culture-led, green-first, technology-driven, industry-integrated and business-supporting, and harmoniously coexisting, we explore the model of a business-industrial-economic complex in the famous city. From point to point, enhance the quality of the ancient city space and promote the transformation of the regional economy Drive regional consumption, enhance regional output, build a platform to guide industrial transformation, and transform to an urban-type economy supported by multiple points of industry, services and consumption. Forming a replicable promotional model, leading the direction of industrial park development and setting a new benchmark for industrial economic development.
▼回望园区入口，Looking back to the entrance
▼1#楼立面图纸，#1 Building Elevations
▼2#楼立面图纸，#2 Building Elevations
Ownership: Suzhou Municipal Administration of Institutional Affairs
Industrial Park Operation: Suzhou Canglang Science and Technology Venture Park Management Co.
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
Design by: Oumoumou Studio, SJTU
Lead Designer: Zhang Haihao, Li Di, Xu Hang
Architectural Design Team: Yao Qiwei, Wang Jingchong, Pan Wenqi, Dui Infrastructure, Yang Yadong, Duan Yilin, Ma Libao
Writing: Xu Hang, Pan Wenqi, Zhang Minghui, Wu Changlong
Building area: approx. 18,000 sq ft
Architectural Photography: Octopus See Building