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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

New Youth Commune in Songhua Lake, China by META-Project

 
February 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: META-Project

New Youth Commune, a mixed youth community, located on the edge of Vanke Songhua Lake Resort and bordering natural villages, contains 800 people with the upper space for Vanke staff, the middle rented to self-employed town people and the ground facilitating camping students while open to villagers.

Mountain view from the north side, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

  • Architects: META-Project
  • Project: New Youth Commune
  • Location: Ji Lin, Songhua Lake, China
  • Photography: Fang Chun, Chen Su, Cao Shibiao
  • Client: Vanke Songhua Lake Resort
  • Design Team: Wang Shuo,Zhang Jing, Cao Shibiao, Lan Tian,Wu Yaping,Zhao Yu
  • Lighting Consultant: Han Xiaowei
  • Area: 10, 000 sqm
  • Date: Design 2014/12;Complete 2015/12
  • Status: Construction Complete

View from basketball court to east facade, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Substantial studies of mixed dwelling phenomena since long peculiar to China, from hutong, tube-shaped apartments to village-in-city, help the architect comprehend the dynamics of youth communities and conduct a nuanced spatial grading according to living schedules and neighborhood relationship, finally arrive at a flexible logic of public space organization that redefines the ‘dormitory’ in a new, plural and socio-ecological way.

View from the pathway to the basketball court, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Main entrance bridge, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

The corridor-rooms monotony is inflected into a quartet externally undulating and internally continuous. Each corner opens to natural sceneries and nourishes public activities: dining and kitchen, shared office and party terrace. Every quarter encircles a bright and draughty atrium with bridges, stairs and tiered seats composing an open-street-like continuous route inspiring encounters, chatting, working, dining and spending. Color and material take on the spatial signs and direction despite a limited cost. Thus, a simple and flexible framework combines spatial innovations with daily scenes, differentiating and articulating private, shared and collective zones and facilitates community growth.

Sunken playground under the entrance bridge, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Sunken playground under the entrance bridge, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Though already transited from a uniform collective era to the flexible plural, the residential typology remains narrow-minded, to which the architect responds powerfully: mutual cooperation and positive interaction with environment through inter-spatial sharing based on equality and self-sufficiency – the ‘New Youth Commune’.

South facade partial, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Interior facade in the atrium, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Public atrium space, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Public atrium space, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Public atrium space, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Public atrium space, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

The step seats near the entrance, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

neighborhood shared space, Image Courtesy © Fang Chun,Chen Su

Daily activities in the atrium, Image Courtesy © Cao Shibiao

Daily activities in the atrium, Image Courtesy © Cao Shibiao

Image Courtesy © META-Project

Image Courtesy © META-Project

Image Courtesy © META-Project

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Categories: Building, Community Centre, Hostel, Mixed use, Residential

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