LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng, China Building Interior Design, Chinese Architecture Development Photos

LI City Study in Jiang Su Sheng

5 June 2023

Architecture and Interior Design: GreaterDog Architects

Location: Chang Zhou Shi, Jiang Su Sheng, China

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng China

Photos by Qingwei Meng&Yilun Xie

LI City Study, China

“Demolishing is a decision of easiness and short term,” said Anne Lacaton. “It is a waste of many things – a waste of energy, a waste of material, and a waste of history.”

LI City Study Jiang China

The sense of life in architecture lies in the duration of time, which is closely related to the usage scenario. However, buildings also have their own life cycle, whether it is the decline of the building’s own functions, changes in social demands or new requirements by local policies, all of which become opportunities for old buildings to be rejuvenated.

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng China

Renovation: Changes in Architectural and Spatial Functions
LI City Study is located in the Tianmu Lake Resort in Liyang City. As a government-sponsored public welfare project, it realizes the convenience of shared urban cultural spaces and provides a public space for citizens and tourists to read books for free 24 hours a day. Before the renovation, the building was an office. The government proposed new social functions for it to adapt to public needs while reflecting the humanistic care for the public.

LI City Study Jiang China

During the renovation process, Greater Dog Architects conducted in-depth research on the existing building, rooted in the building’s past, and responded to the new functions. Respecting the site environment, construction methods, and the original frame structure of the building, the architects followed the principles of sustainability to the greatest extent, utilizing the existing space, creating a cultural and memory space container, and a shared reading and public communication venue within a limited innovation framework.

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng China building interior design by GreaterDog Architects

Reuse: Retention and Reuse of Architectural Framework
The building has three above-ground floors and one underground floor with a frame structure. The semi-outdoor entrance that is set back from the building and the deliberately extended circular traffic flow separate the building from noisy street.

At the same time, the architects removed the exterior walls, exposing the original beams and columns frame. They cut the original floor slabs and added new setback circular structural beams on the main facade. It brings changes to the new structure and interior floor slabs while further highlighting the modern language of the existing framework system. Through the dialogue between the old and new structural language, a well-balanced appearance is presented for existing building.

Sustainability: Introducing Natural Light into the Building
Greater Dog Architects’ design team also reorganized the form of window openings. The frameless inner curved glass contrasts with the heavy frame structure, highlighting the clear architectural contours. More viewing angles toward the outdoors are added around the curved wall, connecting with the external nature: the transparency of the inner curved floor-to-ceiling glass and the scenery of Tianmu Lake outside create an interesting interplay, establishing a dialogue between the lake and the building.

The outward-curving arc shape on the facade continues the form language of the inner curved beams, establishing a new exterior facade combination while creating diverse reading scenarios indoors. Based on this shape, the window system becomes more private, and the slender skylight at the top of the outward-curving arc offers another way to connect windows with nature: looking up at the sky, feeling the poetic movement of light and clouds.

Chinese building interior design by GreaterDog Architects

By reorganizing the traffic circulation throughout the building and using spiral staircases in the cylindrical space, the main spaces on each floor are connected. The circular skylight introduces natural light and further increases the connection between the interior and exterior of the stairwell. In the building renovation strategy, natural light is maximized, creating multiple connections between the originally closed “box” and the external environment, realizing the sustainability of the building and its surroundings.

The clear outline of the cylinder is revealed on the facade, interspersed within the original beams and columns frame system. The gray wooden tiles are re-dyed and pressed from recycled wood, which adds natural texture to the building and bringing new memories and warmth. The exposed beam and column structure is wrapped in reddish-brown exterior paint, and the same color reflected by the glass blurs the outline of the interior, further highlighting the natural texture of the wooden shingles.

Chinese building interior by GreaterDog Architects Chinese interior design by GreaterDog Architects

Renewal: Extending the Use of the Building with New Functions
The simple interior highlights the display and arrangement of books, creating a poetic and quiet reading space through the shaping of the sloping roof form. At the same time, the intervention of the sloping roof structure breaks the enclosed nature of the original floor slabs, opening up the spatial relationship between the upper and lower floors as much as possible, and integrating multiple functions: the sloping roof form combines the first-floor coffee counter function with the book display needs on the first and second floors.

The same design is continued in the bookshelf, with the scale reduced and cantilevered above the shelves, concealing the display of lighting. A staircase corner forms a clustered reading area, where the handmade texture of glazed ceramic bricks and the rough texture of reddish-brown floor bricks create a harmonious material context with the facade of the building.

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng LI City Study Jiang China

In addition to the redesign of facade, circulation, and interior functions, the building has also been updated functionally, and technical challenges encountered during the process have been substantively resolved: the design team made the maximum possible adjustments to the building’s load-bearing capacity to achieve new loads within the space; a comprehensive HVAC system renovation was carried out for this building from the early 1990s, along with the redesign of fire escape, lighting application systems, etc… the original structure that did not meet the requirements for seismic capacity and structural measures was recalculated and reinforced, enabling the building to enter a new life cycle.

Although the renovated building is different from the surrounding buildings in the Tianmu Lake scenic area , but the architect always insist on a “proper” sense of proportion, so that a reasonable scale between the existing framework and the new massing. The renovated Li City Study is seamlessly integrated into the city and its surroundings with a new texture, bringing more vitality to public cultural needs.

In the context of urban development shifting from incremental expansion to stock upgrading in China, the reuse of existing buildings achieves their sustainability. And the reasonable “treatment” of the shortcomings of existing building to extend the service life of the building.

This approach to architecture is based on the recognition of the present, rooted in the past, and at the same time, responding to the present. Its reuse not only becomes a new public architectural landmark for the scenic area but also brings more memories to the building, reflecting the importance of architecture as a long-lasting presence.

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng

LI City Study in Jiangsu Province, China – Building Information

Architecture and Interior Design: GreaterDog Architects –
Email: [email protected]

Client: Jiangsu Tianmu Lake Holding Group Co., Ltd.
Architecture and Interior Design: Greater Dog Architects
Collaborator: Shanghai Urban Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Principal Architects: Jin XIN, Zhihong HU
Design Team: Manyan He, Keith Guo, Longlin Gong, Huge Shen, Alex Wu, Ella Tang, Vincent Wang
Structural Design: Shanghai Yijing Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Project Photography: Metaviz Studio
Project Address: No.375, Yingbin Avenue, Tianmu Lake Town, Liyang City, Jiangsu Province, China
Building Area: 2387 sqm
Year Began: 2021
Completion: June,2023

LI City Study Jiang China

Project size: 2387 sqm
Site size: 2387 sqm
Completion date: 2023
Building levels: 4

LI City Study Jiang Su Sheng China

Photography: Qingwei Meng&Yilun Xie

LI City Study, Jiang Su Sheng, China images / information received 050623 from GreaterDog Architects

Location: Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

New Jiangsu Building Designs

Contemporary Jiangsu Province Architectural Projects

Suzhou Architecture

Hotel Indigo Suzhou Yangcheng Lake, Suzhou
Design: BLVD International
Hotel Indigo Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Jiangsu Province
photo : En Xiao
Hotel Indigo Suzhou Yangcheng Lake, Jiangsu

Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall
Architects: Shanghai Riqing Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall China
photograph : Schran Images
Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center in Suzhou Building, East Tai Lake Ecological Park, Wujiang,
Architects: UAD – The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd.
Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building
photograph : Zhao Qiang
Cyrus Tang Foundation Center

Free Spring Morning, XuShuGuan, Huqiu District
Design: LACIME Architects
Free Spring Morning Suzhou building
photo : SHANJIAN Photography Studio
Free Spring Morning Suzhou

K.WAH ROYAL MANSION life Experience Center Building
Interior design: GFD
K Wah Royal Mansion Life Experience Center in Suzhou
photograph : Lin Feng
K.WAH ROYAL MANSION life Experience Center in Suzhou City

Architecture in China

China Architecture Designs – chronological list

Chinese Architect

Chinese Buildings

Beijing Architecture Walking Tours by e-architect

Comments / photos for the LI City Study, Jiang Su Sheng, China building design by GreaterDog Architects page welcome