atelier FCJZ: the bay
atelier FCJZ: the bay atelier FCJZ: the bay
mar 09, 2011

atelier FCJZ: the bay

‘the bay’ by atelier FCJZ images courtesy of atelier FCJZ

chinese architecture studio, atelier FCJZ has completed ‘the bay’, a residential neighborhood in qingpu district, shanghai. the development, consisting of 20 houses of five varieties, sits on a 43 hectare site once used as fishpond. looking to integrate the new built environment with the natural and cultural context in which the neighborhood exists, the structures feature reinterpreted elements of tradition executed in a contemporary language.

entrance of house ‘B2’

entrance courtyard of house ‘B3’

the dwellings – constructed using materials unconventional to the area such as grey stone and steel – bear gable walls and sloped roofs reflective of details and components witnessed in the vernacular architecture of the region.

detail partition wall

containing several fully and partially enclosed courtyards, each structure, regardless of its configuration, is composed of a series of distinct and ranging volumes that definitively separate programmatic functions. the fragmented layouts ensure light and ventilation reach the depths of each house, regardless of the humid and rainy local climate.

one of the courtyards of house ‘B3’

(left) backyard of house ‘B3’ facing the lake (right) interior hallway

study room in house ‘B3’

back elevation of house ‘B3’ facing the lake

courtyard of house ‘B2’

balcony of house ‘B2’ overlooking the lake

overall view of neighborhood

site plan

floor plan of house ‘B2’ / level 0

floor plan of house ‘B2’ / level 1

elevation of house ‘B2’

elevation of house ‘B2’

section of house ‘B2’

section of house ‘B2’

  • China ghetto!
    Why the rich love the isolation?

    bandrick says:
  • Remindful of Reston, Virginia, innovative 35 years ago but those dwellings were mostly connected, and they had windows. These are little fortresses — inwardly warm, outwardly cold and hostile.

    Tom P says:
  • Very nostalgic! Arrow-slit windows and moat and drawbridge c.13 century Europe. All it lacks are the vats of boiling oil…

    JAH says:
  • Oh you guys. I love B3. I love the internal space, designed for cooling and light, and the multiple layers of living. The other houses- eh.
    I’m kinda quite poor, and I love isolation, as I suspect anyone subjected to the overcrowding, noise, tiny, lightless spaces and lack of access to nature that we poor tend to dwell in.
    If this wern’t in China, would the feedback be as critical? Maybe we only expect ugly, planned “neighborhoods” to be in the USA.
    But if I had the $$$ to live there, I’d build outside of this artificial community. I’d chose the genuine isolation from humans in favor of a deeper relationship with the natural world. Sigh.

    Su Zi Sinick says:
  • Hey,
    keep in mind that lot of you don’t know about traditional chinese architecture. have a look of Xidi or Hongcun (unesco world cultural sites).
    The houses have visible reminecences to those cities, although it lacks ist density and the quality of it..

    But the steelframe on top of the walls seems a bit to much decoration.

    xIdI says:

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • A lot of wasted space. But I love the massing.

    Nelson architect says:

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