舟山 Zhōushān

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The prefecture-level city Zhoushan is an archipelago that lies in Zhejiang Province’s northeastern waters. I first became aware of the region for Putuo Mountain, one of Chinese Buddhism’s four famous mountains. Like all major port cities, Zhoushan has an interesting history concerning foreign powers. We made the trip as a day long site survey (3 hours each way, it was Thanksgiving in the states) and when we arrived a boat was on fire:

 

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Before I started working at Amateur Architecture Studio, Wang Shu and the office designed the art museum for Zhōushān Lǔzhì Cultural Creativity Park 舟山鲁峙文化创意园. The complex is essentially an adaptive reuse project, where a largely vacant fishing and industrial compound is being turned into a creativity complex. Some structures are being constructed from the ground up (like AAS’s art museum) and some are renovations of the existing structures (most notable of the existing infrastructural pieces is the dry-docks, photos below). All together they serve as artist residences, studios, galleries, restaurants, and places for outdoor sculptures and gatherings. The new structures are designed by a large assortment of Chinese and international architects, so ultimately our task involved integrating the various buildings’ identities into a cohesive whole by way of a landscape master plan. On a tight deadline and given pretty much (budgeted) free-reign by Wang Shu, the design process was incredibly engaging.

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Dry dock

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