Archi-Union Architects transformed a former chemical fiber factory in Shanghai into an industrial-chic showroom and workspace for a ceramic artist. The new Ceramic House preserves the factory's original character by juxtaposing existing brick and concrete elements with contemporary finishes and a new slatted timber extension that tops the building.
Located within the Wuwei Creative Industry Park, the adaptive reuse Ceramic House is but one of many buildings that have been converted on the former factory grounds. Archi-Union Architects gutted the interior, added large glazed openings to bring in natural light, and expanded the building’s footprint with a new upper floor. The original concrete and brick, however, are preserved and visible both inside and out. The renovated building houses an exhibition space, a reception area, office, and a patio.
“In the face of the ground situation there were a few old buildings and a big tree,” said Archi-Union, according to Dezeen. “We hope they can become a representation of the memory, jointly retained as part of a new building, rather than simply being roughly removed and replaced by a new object.” The added extension is wrapped with a slatted red cedar screen that gives the second story the illusion of lightness and allows natural light to pass through. Though the interior has been thoroughly revamped with a contemporary feel, the interior materials palette of grey brick and pre-weathered steel complement the industrial character of the original factory.
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