Archi-Union Architects has put a serious twist on your traditional building with their design for the recently completed Songjiang Art Campus. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town, the Songjiang Art Campus is home to a variety of building and spaces, including offices, art studios and social art spaces – all beautifully linked via existing roads, gardens and a river. The centerpiece of the campus is the clubhouse, which boasts a roof that curves elegantly from front to back to connect the building's two facades.
“The twisted roof of the clubhouse at the entrance of the campus proposes a powerful gesture to the public,” the architects told Dezeen. “The relationship between the twisted roof and sky varies via changes of observing location.” Inside, the building is divided into two parts, each of which relates to its main points of entry, views and internal program. The curved roof links the two sides, with one overlooking the river and the other facing the main street.
The exterior of the clubhouse features exposed concrete beams, columns and façade panels that reveal how the complex geometric form of the roof was created. Red brick panels between the building’s windows show a sweeping relief pattern created by the computer-modeled bricklaying technique that left some bricks with their long ends protruding slightly.
The rest of the buildings on the campus all have their own unique charms and genius, via their relationship with outdoor spaces including balconies, terraces and courtyards that can be used for working or exhibiting artworks.
Archi-Union employed a modular architectural system for most of the buildings, and arranged them in rows with green spaces placed throughout that connect the built environment and the river. “The landscape system, which is an important element of this project, is considered as an infrastructure system of the whole project,” the architects said. “It connects traffic, views and service facilities on the campus, brings unique value to individual buildings and realizes the traditional Chinese scenery of garden, lake and laneway.”