After the Pavilion S project, ROOI Design and Research designed a temporary building composed of recyclable modules. These modules are like "toy blocks", allow for free and flexible combination, and it can be recycled into furniture after use.
The project is located in Guangzhou Tianhebei District. A former primary school was once situated here. The school moved away many years ago as a result of the urban modernization, and the disappearing of the traditional market place cultures in nearby communities. In order to reactivate local communities in Tianhebei District at the same time combine historical context and urban trend culture. Digital trend brand ifanr combined their online and physical platforms to carry out diversified urban culture carnival activities. In November 2021, under the new season’s theme "ifland", ifanr commissioned ROOI Design and Research Firm to launch the Patch-City project and establish a central Pavilion which advocates the idea of continuous “Patching”. This pavilion will hold various arts and cultural activities such street market, music festivals, talk shows and product launch etc.
Patch-City Pavilion is a project of cultural renaissance for old buildings. The client wants to transform it into a cultural site, centering around an adaptable physical space. It can be a temporary venue for local residents to carry out diverse activities and be used as a platform for diverse cultural exchange.
By means of moderate intervention with no damage to the original environment, ROOI introduces new elements to integrate old ones, and create a new space like an enclosed yard. People can chat and enjoy natural scenes in the yard where some cultural activities can be carried out.
A simple but precise way is used for the transformation process from material utilization to structural design, helping people appreciate new information displayed on old buildings more easily.
We adopt a structure identical to the urban interface of Guangzhou and used a box form to portray this idea abstractly.
Instead of imposing violent intrusion, the intervention extends the life of the original venue and forms a new harmonious relationship.
In the process of China's urbanization, too many old buildings have been demolished and rebuilt without thorough consideration. Many old places we once lived in take on a brand-new look, with modern styles, however it has lost the dynamic connection between people.
The growth of Guangzhou is characterized by adding new things to old ones, thus accumulating a huge collection of imagination and memories. Urban development seems to be a process of constant patching and improving. Based on this historical feature, the concept of Patch-City project is proposed. This artifact keeps extending with a process of evolution for old buildings. Patch-City Pavilion will also be gradually demolished and recycled in the future. It will become furniture in people's houses or be transformed into other objects in places where they are needed.
While looking like an incomplete building, it has all basic components of a building. It can be described as walls, pillars or windows, the black and white tiles ground are from the former venue. As basic components of a building, the walls and pillars have dialogues with the surroundings.
The venue functions as a theater for showcase of events and emotions, where various stories unfold.
The building has a symmetric shape of an isosceles trapezoid and displays a pose of encircling arms. However, the arrangements of the modules are abstract and diverse.
Besides, this building is set up at a place that connects the square in front with the yard behind. A tree growing behind the building constitutes a perfect match for this temporary structure, providing a natural sunshade. In addition, a rear exit is designed for this building because the tree behind it and plants in the yard are beautiful and add vitality to this venue. There are no primary and secondary roles in this project. We hope that from this project, people can discover natural beauty that is inconspicuous in ordinary life.
An open traffic flow is designed to connect the external city roads, allowing visitors to pass through the building to reach the backyard. This traffic flow is designed as part of the internal space as well as the city's public space. It is inclusive and suitable for various activities and life styles.