Renovation project is a hit topic in architecture and design world. Recently covered by archdaily, a new renovation project from HDD taps into the subject with an unique touch of "go retro"--- bringing aesthetic elements of Chinese garden into the modern world.
archdaily's coverage of Vertical Garden
The renewed apartment is located at an old neighbourhood in Yangpu district, Shanghai. It is only 35 sq m but has been the home to a big family in the past decades. Before renovation, the apartment was in a mess with a lot of hidden risks.
The structure of the aparment before renovation
What it was used to look like inside the apartment
Having done tons of research and inspired by the two-floor structure of the apartment, architects from HDD come up with the idea of Chinese traditional garden. In the project, designer used many movable doors and furniture to transform space form closed to open, creating much more dynamic space experience in small scale. People can see different things by walking along the space. This is called "moving by seeing" in garden design. All rooms become only a fracture of the whole experience, creating a holistic opera experience altogether. The strategies of " winded walking circulations" as well as "borrowing views from outside" are also heavily implemented in the project.
The final job looks like this:
More details and pictures about the project, please vist archdaily for the original story.
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