This is a brand new visual for the contemporary historical and cultural district renewal. For us, every piece of stone and tile touched and used has a vivid life. This space is more like a recorder, recording the process of their life disappearing in the past 100 years.
▼项目概览，overall of the project
The project is located in the historical street block of Damaojiao in the southeast of Datong Ancient City, transforming the vacant and abandoned site into a public space full of historical memories. The project can be called a unique cultural space art exhibition. By understanding the history of the site and presenting it with a new interpretation, a series of fragmented old objects and events in the ancient city transformation are displayed in the ground with a new perspective, and the combination and use of new materials bring a unique spatial feeling, realizing the overlap of history and present time and space, presenting a commemorative contemporary cultural and artistic space, so that people can participate in interactive activities while triggering thinking about the past and the future.
The project is located in the southeast of Datong Ancient City, at the entrance of Damao Corner. There are a large number of traditional residential buildings inside the block, with a relatively complete historical style. On the west side is the Daming East Street where the Datong Guan Di Temple is located, and on the north side is adjacent to the Weibei Research Institute. The site has been abandoned for many years, but it is a rare public space in the transformation of the ancient city’s historical blocks.
▼改造前后对比，Transformation Before and After Comparison
The design concept originates from the designer’s initial impressions of the site. Upon stepping into this neighborhood, the project’s restoration work had already commenced, with scattered building materials and the once vibrant atmosphere now replaced by dilapidation. Every fragment of a wall, broken tile, and old object silently narrated the past life that once thrived here. Amidst this emotive experience, the designer’s intent was to “leave something behind,” becoming the primary aspiration for the design. Each stone and old object in the eyes of the designer condensed into precious cultural symbols, with an attempt to transform them into landscape elements of value.
▼水景广场：在广场入口处设计互动水景，人们可以触摸玩耍，旨在“饮水思源”Water-themed Plaza: At the entrance of the plaza, a interactive water feature is designed, allowing people to touch and play with the water, symbolizing the concept of "drinking from the source."
▼创新的运用石材的“榫卯”组合，Innovative Use of Stone “Mortise and Tenon” Combination
The Vanished Garden: Public spaces should never lack human involvement, and the project sought to address how to infuse vitality into the inward courtyard space. The design embraced the concept of growth, organized from ground-level display spaces to an elevated visual corridor soaring to 5.35 meters. The arrangement progressed from old to new materials, emphasizing the passage of time. Collected and displayed old objects were permanently preserved, but over the course of a century, they would gradually weather away and disappear. Here, they would slowly merge into the universe, becoming part of the river of history.
▼下沉记忆空间，Sunken Memory Space
▼景墙：整石的运用，干净的墙面与斑驳的地面形成对比，树叶在墙面投下自然光影，Feature Wall: The use of whole stones creates a contrast between the clean wall surface and the mottled ground, with tree leaves casting natural light and shadows on the wall.
▼台阶细部，Details of the steps
The project consisted of four main parts: ground-level display spaces, a plaza, an elevated visual corridor, and an upper-level mirrored viewing platform. All materials for the ground-level display spaces were sourced from the site and handpicked by the designer to present historical traces. The water-themed plaza connected intimately with the corridor space, providing a gathering place for people. The corridor ascended step by step, forming a harmonious interaction with the plaza, allowing for performances and expressing reverence for life and culture.
▼钢网楼梯：镂空的钢网材质提供观察的可能性，带来交互的视觉体验。钢质扶手设计简洁恰到好处，细节连接处都体现着设计师的精巧构思。Steel Mesh Staircase: The perforated steel mesh material allows for observation, creating an interactive visual experience. The steel handrail design is sleek and precisely executed, with every detail reflecting the designer's meticulous craftsmanship.
▼地面：设计师从场地原本拆除的材料中挑选，安排每一个物件的摆放。Ground: The designer selected and arranged each object from the materials originally removed from the site.
▼历史的痕迹，Traces of history
▼地面细部，Details of the ground
The corridor enclosed a U-shaped space on the second level, engaging in a dialogue with the ground, inviting people to walk and pause, fostering better interaction between old objects and viewers. At the end of the circulation route, also the highest point of the site, the mirrored box “disappeared” into the skyline, seamlessly blending into the scene. Ascending to the viewing platform, one could overlook the fifth facade of the ancient city, provoking contemplation: just like some distant memories seemingly vanish, they actually linger in the minds of a generation.
▼消失的盒子，The Vanished Box
▼眺望古城第五立面，Overlooking the fifth facade of the ancient city
Summary: A New Perspective
The project represents a fresh attempt at the transformation of a historic urban area, creating a place where innovative elements coexist with the original memories of the site, stimulating reflection on the past and the future. It brings a unique charm and artistic value to the space, fostering interaction and engagement among people.
Project address: Datong, Shanxi
Project Type: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Design
Designer: Xiangjie Design Agency
Client: Datong Ancient City Investment Group Co., Ltd.
Construction unit: Luzhou Hongmao Engineering Project Management Co., Ltd.
Design time: 2022
Completion date: July 2023
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