In Qing Dynasty, there were many schools of Ci poetry, among which “Qiangcun” was the most famous one. Daixi Town, Huzhou City is the hometown of Zhu Zumou, one of the famous “four famous poets in the late Qing Dynasty”. Daixi native Zhu Zumou compiled the well-known anthology “Three Hundred Song Ci Poems”, and at the same time, collected the Qiangcun Series with the largest number of poets, and trained many poets and formed the “Qiangcun Ci poetry exhibition hall”. This project is entrusted by Daixi Town Government of Huzhou, Huzhou Ci Academy and Xinhua Zhiyun, hoping to fully tap the local historical and humanistic resources and jointly build a special museum of Ci for Zhu Zumou, and named it Qiangcun Ci poetry exhibition hall
Qiangcun Ci poetry exhibition hall is located in the ancient street of Daixi Town, Wuxing District, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province. At the beginning of the renovation, we evaluated the status quo of the ancient town and the original buildings： the project is the renovation of an existing reserved building, which is a small building with a small volume of about 480 square meters; The original building is a modern building with a sloping roof with a frame structure, which is divided into two volumes： one high and one low, one large and one small, with a corridor in the middle; The overall height of the building is similar to that of the surrounding buildings. The original building is a separate sloping roof, which responds to the texture of the ancient street city in the most direct way-sloping roof. Its volume and height are basically consistent with the overall street feeling of the town.
Therefore, we don’t want to destroy the relationship between the existing buildings and the streets too much in the design strategy, and we hope to “make up” the existing buildings by means of implantable design, so as to form a new “integrity” of the buildings.
We embed a pure black installation box in the middle of two sloping roof buildings. The middle of the black box is an “internalized sloping roof” composed of crisscross steel structures, and the whole black box serves as an “intermediary” of sloping roofs. On the one hand, this “intermediary” body takes the “middle” position, and it is inserted between the two volumes, that is, the center of the building also forms a regional center, thus establishing new vitality and marking power for the whole street; At the same time, “Zhong” is also moderate in size, not higher than the original size, and not too oppressive to the streets. “Zhong” takes itself as the center to understand the surrounding environment, so as to harmonize the environment. On the other hand, this “intermediary” body gradually leads people from the city to the interior. With the reduction of scale, people enter the exhibition hall after being compressed to nearly the door height in the process of entering through this corridor. This whole process has gone through： people’s perception of the city-people’s perception of “intermediary” devices-people’s perception of indoor space, and this process of change is warm and natural.
Inside the black outer frame of this “intermediary” body, all the frames are painted bright scarlet, and the intervals of the frames themselves are porous. Therefore, we have skylights on the opposite side of the frames to ensure that people walk towards the light in the process of marching towards the entrance, and will not feel dim because they are caught in the cracks.
After entering the space of Ci-poetry Museum, designers hope that the overall environment will keep pure information display and space intuition, instead of repeating scenes and stacking decorations in the traditional display space design way. Due to the need of a large number of digital exhibitions inside, the light environment inside the exhibition hall needs to be contracted. Even so, some existing windows are not roughly closed off, but information is densely displayed at the height of the line of sight, and some natural light can still enter the room from the bottom or the reserved windows, which is also the “complement” of the existing space by the constant change of the form and height of the information layer.
On the one hand, the Song Ci in Ci School is an important carrier of Song rhyme culture, on the other hand, we also hope that space itself is a part of Song rhyme culture. We try to intervene in the whole renovation in a concise language, control the part of the renovation more accurately, and not reject the existing building environment. The “new” part of the spirit of “New Song Rhyme” in architectural renovation lies in a kind of transformation. On the one hand, the “intermediary” device at the entrance transforms the form of sloping roof inward; on the other hand, it transforms the way of exhibition outward, from information display to space. The transformation from explicit form to explicit form, and then to the application of a large number of digital interactive devices in the exhibition mode, all try to respond to the spirit of Song Yun in a new contemporary context, which is feedback from another dimension.
Name：Qiangcun Ci poetry exhibition hall
Venue：Daixi Town, Wuxing District, Huzhou City
Chief Architects：Fang Runwu and Wang Minghao.
Design team：Fang Runwu, Wang Minghao, Ma Zhichao, Hu Yuying and Xu Dawei.
Owner：Daixi Town Government, Huzhou
Ci research expert group：Huzhou Ci poetry exhibition hall
Entrusting party：Xinhua Zhiyun Technology Co., Ltd.
Construction：Huzhou Langtian Construction Co., Ltd
Text：Wang Minghao, Fang Runwu