The Qinchang Village Community Center is located in Qinchang Village, Xiuwu County, an ancient town in central China with a history that dates back to as early as 1000b.c.
The site is at the eastern periphery of the village, adjacent to the residential neighborhood to its west and the rye fields to its east. It was renovated from an existing CPC village branch office, a walled two-story building covered in grey tiles. The 50-meter-long walled courtyard had made it necessary for pedestrians to bypass in order to get from one side to the other.
▽项目原状 Before the renovation
党群活动中心建筑既呼唤高于日常生活和感官享乐的审美超越, 又常同时承担社交、聚会、活动等功能, 体现了一种日常生活美学；在秦厂，我们试图探索这两种看似截然相反维度的交叠和平衡，一种复合的新建筑类型。
The project explores the duality of both transcendence and everyday life aesthetics. On one hand, it calls for sublime feelings of transcendence and exaltation; On the other hand, being the only public facility building in the village, the community center naturally would need to accommodate multiple functions, serving as a venue for events and social gatherings, an office for the local administrative committee as well as a destination where villagers would take a walk to after dinner.
We have taken inspirations from archetypes of the local traditional earth shelter courtyard dwellings, opened up the solid courtyard walls and replaced them with arched veranda open on three sides. Pedestrian experience between the west and east sides is thus enhanced with the increased porosity, while the open cloister has provided a hang-out space for villagers of all age.
▽回廊设计概念 Arched veranda concept
▽模糊多孔的边界加强了东西侧的联系 Pedestrian experience between the west and east sides is thus enhanced with the increased porosity
▽中央广场为村民提供了社交场地 Open cloister has provided a hang-out space for villagers of all age
Meanwhile, the planar arches used repeatedly on the facades of the old building has been reinforced and extracted, reappearing as the motif throughout the project in a symbolic manner. By veiling the building facade with layers of translucent PC panel, geometric forms have been completed and articulated while a sense of lightness, ambiguity and surreality has been added to the “immaculate” geometry. Furthermore, by providing low-speed seating zones on the western pavement, the latter has become an extension of the east-west pedestrian flows; By removing the northern walls and burying the originally open septic tank into ground, the north facade now has redefined the northern alley interface, carrying along the openness from the other sides.
▽几何的无瑕性和立面的半透明性营造了一种轻盈、超现实的氛围 The north facade now has redefined the northern alley interface, carrying along the openness from the other sides
▽回廊与院落的形态 The spaces of arched veranda and courtyards
The original blackboards at the gate have been preserved. In today’s Age of Information and Smart Phones, villagers would still take a walk regularly after dinner to the blackboards for obtaining information and exchanging gossips with acquaintances run into. In the distance, boundaries are blurred while ideology and nature are intertwined and integrated with the human dimension. Qinchang Village CPC Branch Office has become a center that serves the community as well as a lively place of gathering.
▽项目成为当地居民日常生活最重要的一个场所 The community center became the most important spaces for the local residents
On a late summer afternoon, kids would practice their roller-skating skills in the matrix of dried birch trunks to which timeline information carved out on bronze plates are fixed. When night falls, villagers would voluntarily start night markets on the street in front of the Community Center, first-time visitors would start live stream broadcasts on their social media in the courtyard, where senior ladies attract large audiences as they rehearse their group dance.
项目名称：秦厂村党群活动中心改造：交织的信仰、自然与人本 | 一座开放的回廊式社群中心
设计团队：Cristina Moreno Cabello，黄安，黄子夏，莫纯煇，肇美施，郑鑫，沈亮瑜（实习），吴昊（实习），包嘉晓（项目助理），陈菲菲（项目助理），汤鸣（项目助理）（首字母拼音序）
Project name: Ideology, Humanity And Nature Intertwined – Renovation of the Qinchang Village CPC Branch Office Community Center | An Open Cloister-style Community Center
Company name:Studio 10
Project location:Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China
Building area (m²):780㎡
Construction: Henan Chuanghui Architecture & Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Interior and Landscape Design Consultant: Studio 10
Special Consultant: Shuaijun Han, Pengfei Chen
Graphic Design Consultant: SURE Design
Lighting Design Consultant: Matt Lighting Design Associates
Structural and Construction Drawings Consultant: Zhengzhou Kaiwu Landscape Design Ltd.
Photo credits:Chao Zhang