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Gusu IP Creative Industry Park

by New&oldarchitecture

Project Description


A urban renewal project in Suzhou, China, covering an area of 6080m ², with a design scope covering the entire block. The original hardware wholesale market was renovated and delivered for operation as a creative industry park. Become the residence of artists and brand design enterprises.
Gusu is the city with the most cultural heritage in China, adhering to the concept of local design. The project is adjacent to the famous "old market" in Old Suzhou. This discovery also inspired design inspiration. Can we use a form of showcasing traditional Chinese painting art to give language to this building and strive to combine modernist sentiment with the local customs and traditions of Suzhou.
In Chinese painting, ink and wash paintings are usually long scrolls, using black, white, and gray to create various artistic images. In traditional Chinese and modernist architectural design, there are many elements that are shared, such as geometric shapes, black edges, emphasis on concave convex relationships, and color contrast. The design focus is mainly reflected in the emphasis and highlighting of the windows in the building. These rectangular shapes are like many horizontal scrolls filled with Chinese painting hanging on a white wall. There is no content in the scrolls, but stories happen in each window, making this painting depict the various aspects of life. The bottom layer uses the most smoky red bricks, the most memorable of old objects, and a combination of materials with retro and recognizable features, distinguishing it from the elegant upstairs design, allowing for a dialogue between the old and new. And I hope this can become the future direction of modern architecture in Suzhou.

New&oldarchitecture


The city moves forward, with new and old changes. New and old architectural design firm adhere to the urban renewal concept of "infinite possibilities for the integration of new and old", exploring the new publicness and sustainability of urban spatial, commercial, and social values.
New and old architectural design firms mainly engage in architectural design, design consulting, and conduct specialized research in urban planning, urban design, spatial creation, and other fields. The firm adheres to the urban renewal concept of "returning to essence and extending culture", seeking a new definition for architecture between the past and the future, and striving to achieve a perfect unity of artistic expression and value maximization. The city moves forward, with new and old changes. New and old architectural design firms adhere to the urban renewal concept of "infinite possibilities for the integration of new and old", exploring the new public and sustainable nature of urban space, its commercial and social values between the past and the future.
New and old architectural design firms mainly engage in architectural design, design consulting, and conduct specialized research in urban planning, urban design, spatial creation, and other fields. The firm adheres to the urban renewal concept of "returning to essence and extending culture", seeking a new definition for architecture between the past and the future, and striving to achieve a perfect unity of artistic expression and value maximization.

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