| 19 : 00 – 06 May, 2019 |
Built from shipping containers, Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design renovate and extend inner space by staggering them creating void spaces.
Located on an open grasslands on Chongming Island in Shanghai in China, the brief was to expand the narrow interior spaces of the containers. With a simple and minimalist material palette of white and natural wood, this commercial space consists of ground plus two floors.
In order to expand space and refurbish internal spaces, the designers staggered and extended the container space outwards. Wooden grilles added to the exteriors weaved the additional spaces with the existing one. A river flowing through the voids created by staggering the containers created a zen effect on the overall space and its elements.
Void boxes within overlapping containers
From the Architects –
The project was built from containers, situated at Orenda Chongming Island, Shanghai, China. Its isolated location on an open grassland, as well as the narrow interior spaces, made the project challenging. In order to give the ten ordinary staggered containers unique aesthetics, the designers boldly extended the inner space of the containers outwards, through creating a void box connected to each closed container.
Backyard space before renovation
Visual and aesthetic delight !
The added boxes, framed by grilles, increased usable area, met the functional demands, and formed a contrast of solidness and void with the containers. Natural light can be filtered through grilles, generating a poetic view of light and shadows.
Added boxes !
Natural light trickles through the wooden grilles
Architectural form – Shipping containers
The containers, and the new boxes generated from them, together produce staggered and overlapping architectural form, making the building look modern and futuristic.
Aerial view of the office building
The overall architecture features a coordinated palette of white and light natural wood color, which gives it a clean, simplistic and modern visual impression. Besides, matched by the surrounding green grassland, the architecture harmoniously blends with nature. A meandering river passes through the middle part of the building, adding flexibility and vitality to it.
Solid and void geometry
River passing through the building
Shipping container floors –
The entire building is composed of three floors, with 1F functioning as reception and display space, 2F providing simple meals, coffee and tea and 3F serving for working, meeting and business activities.
First, second and third floor layouts
Coffee and tea space
Backyard overlooking the grasslands
The circulation conforms to the natural surroundings, offering different view at each step, and Zen elements utilized are well coordinated with the modern and minimalist design style. The indoor and outdoor spaces are integrated as a whole, which breaks the convention and gives the architecture soul.
Reception, Lounge and display area on ground floor
Entrance foyer covered by wooden battens
Project details –
Project Name – Solid and Void-Staggered spaces
Location – Haiyong County, Chongming Island, Shanghai, China
Architect Firm – Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design | www.yd-d.net
Lead designer – Xu Xujun
Design Team – Xu Xuwei, Liu Wei, Gong Xuan, Liu Wei
Completion – May 2018
Area – Architecture — 1800 sq.m. , Landscape — 2000 sq.m.
Photography Credits – © Zhu Enlong
Material brands – Kohler, NVC, USG Boral