atelier deshaus: youth center in quingpu, shanghai
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feb 15, 2013
atelier deshaus: youth center in quingpu, shanghai


‘youth center in quingpu’ by atelier deshaus, quingpu district, shanghai, china

image © yao li

all images courtesy of atelier deshaus 

in the easternmost embankment of shanghai’s eastern qingpu district is a new town characterized by large, straight roads, and a rigid planning grid.
local firm atelier deshaus sought to elevate the orthogonal planning restrictions by employing selective color and translucent paneling in their design for
‘qingpu youth center.’ the architects took on the humanizing power of scale in their project geared toward adolescent activity, positing that a building
can behave like a small city, complete with careful avenues and areas of quiet dynamism. the small-scale spaces of traditional towns, long obliterated,
retroactively return to the complex– all linked by outdoor courtyards and squares. this aggregation of built forms is in dialogue with the memories of
the surrounding towns and rivers. ponds and manicured gardens connect spaces and rely on the curious, exuberant personalities of its users.
the urbanization of suburbs finds a elegant model in the youth center and proves that buildings can be both traditional in scale and grandiose in affect. 

 

 

 

the suburban site falls into the repetitive rhythm of the planning grid

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the cluster of buildings is a welcome break from the spread out suburban plan

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exterior circulation is a central theme of the work

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bright colors are softened and made selective by frosted corrugated cladding

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the scaled-down buildings are connected by exterior spaces, like courtyards

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reimagined ponds and gardens speak to the historical makeup of neighboring towns

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notions of interior and exterior are blurred

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pedestrian avenues link buildings in the youth complex

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layered spaces become a ‘small city’

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(left): a view of the corrugated building envelope from a second floor
(right): the void and layered circulation become the spatial model for interiors as well

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interior view shows selective color

image © yao li

 

 

site plan

 

 

floor plan level 0

 

 

floor plan level 1

 

 

floor plan level 2

 

 

roof plan

 

 

long section

 

 

(left): short section 1
(right): short section 2

 

 

elevation 1

 

 

elevation 2

 

 

model

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