Zhangyan village, located in Chonggu town in the western suburb of Shanghai, is the birthplace of Shanghai's ancient culture, which is no longer prosperous. Under the background of the new urbanization policy, Zhangyan village ushered in reconstruction and rejuvenation.
“Subsistence, Growth, Reproduction” is our strategy for the renovation and rehabilitation of Zhang Yan Village and other similar villages in China. It is either to overthrow and reconstruct, nor to repair the old as old, but to follow the development and context of history, to put the contemporary needs and consciousness into the village, to reorganize the layout, program the commercial ecology，and coordinate between the new and the old.
Old buildings embody the history and culture of the ancient village. They must subsist in a better state by means of reinforcement, and preservation
For the dilapidated buildings whose interior space is no longer available, "cleaning up" the broken parts effectively retains the functional ones. Growing naturally out of its context, the "new" can therefore coexist with the "old".
The new buildings represent new era and, specifically, new functions, whose challenge would be confronted by some contemporary buildings born from the vacant parts of the site.
Responding to the texture of the site, exhibition halls of the Cultural Museum consists of three spaces of unique characteristic with a water patio and other several patios.
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