wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai

wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai

wutopia lab’s ‘golden barnayrd — cockaigne of everyman’ evokes a bountiful harvest land

 

chinese practice wutopia lab returns with the revival of an abandoned barnyard in chongming, shanghai — transforming the site into a colorful land art dubbed ‘cockaigne of everyman’. golden yellow permeable concrete evoking a paddy field, with dark red lines, form an everlasting barnyard scene. some parts are divided into blocks while others are scalloped — and in the open areas, the terrain rises slightly, forming a ‘grain pile’ with undulating heights on which to stand. looking at the entire site, one might think it is frozen at a particular ‘harvest’ time. 

 

on the project name, wutopia’s lead architect, ting yu, comments: ‘what we associate with the barnyard is a farm lifestyle and certain material fantasies of the time. in any case, the expression of the barnyard is simple and direct. so I decided to use the golden color to symbolize the harvest that never ends. I wanted the cockaigne to be a place of eternal leisure, superb food, and edible buildings.’

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breathing new life into farm culture and local architecture

 

wutopia lab (see more here) has re-designed the site’s original gatehouse as a movable time capsule commemorating the reed-built dwellings of chongming island. additionally, the existing warehouse storing farm equipment has been revamped with a plain, concrete façade to serve as an auxiliary room for the ‘cockaigne of everyman’. 

 

yu has also retained the rest of the barn’s original form, including that of a two-story dormitory building. he merely replaced its facade with cream polycarbonate panels to create the ‘bright milk house,’ a multifunctional R&D space where local manufacturing brand ‘bright food group‘ can display its agricultural products (the project site belongs to an outpost of that company). 

wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai

 

 

reaching the end of the site, the lab re-imagined the existing toilets as capsules from the future, gently contrasting the golden barnyard’s more traditional structures. ‘different materials of the building, like different memories, are scattered in this yellow cereal field, and every time you enter one, it seems to trigger a story of other times waiting to be explored by you,’ concludes the architect. 

 

‘cockaigne of everyman’ is the third work in wutopia lab’s series of converted spaces that serve as havens for ‘ordinary people’. you can check out the practice’s two previous project here: ‘memorial of everyman‘ and shrine of everyman‘. golden barnyard cockaigne of everyman 8

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wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai
 
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wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai
 
wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai
 
wutopia lab converts disused barnyard into golden yellow haven in shanghai
 

project info:

 

name: golden barnyard — cockaigne of everyman
location: chongming, shanghai

design dates: 07.2020-08.2020
built date: 10.2021
site area: 8,400 sqm
building area: 1,500 sqm

architecture wutopia lab

lead architect: yu ting 

project architect: li hao 

client: shanghai qianyi agricultural development co., ltd. 

design team: xu raven, li ziheng, wang zhizheng, lin zhihao

construction design: shanghai zhumeng architectural design co., ltd. 

installation: shanghai longma 

lighting consultant: zhang chenlu 
building materials: sunlight panel, steel, concrete, brick, colored pervious concrete

photography: CreatAR images

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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