Sixian Xiaozhu of Fengxian District Atelier GOM

Some people asked me why GOM would make out an elliptical building which seldom appeared in our designing history. It was because the landscape design company insisted to make the site into an oval as a way to intervene in existed architecture and landscape.As a result of this, in the beginning, we designed plans and structure based on the mathematical definition of ellipse which is “the sum of the distance between any point on the outer circle and the two focal points are equal” to deal with the site. We split two layers for the building. The lower layer was for supporting facilities and public toilets.

The upper layer is used as coffeehouse. Then, we tried to add a children sandpit on the southeast side of the unit. After this, we added an arched long wall between the sandpit and hard ground on the southeast side. The arched long wall was extremely important to us. It properly dealt with the relation between Sixian Xiaozhu and the sandpit, keeping apart but not afar, both isolated and interacting. We also add a foot washing pool for children in the public toilet on the first floor.

During Construction. Image © CreatAR Images

Many excellent design is developing with a detailed task book and a cooperative construction company. However, in this project, we have none of these two factors. However, since the scale of this project was too small and the design of it was too “surprising”, it brought large difficulty for the construction company. Moreover, it replaced the construction company after the civil engineering process ended. As a result of the rough construction, this project has a rustic effect.

Washstone is the favorite and the most commonly used external wall material of GOM. Terrazzo is the favorite and the most commonly used flooring of GOM.

During Construction. Image © CreatAR Images

Anyway, this piece of landscape architecture perfectly fit in with the lake of “Shanghai Fish” Park, the children sandpit, the oval site and those tentative functions which are children public toilets and coffeehouse. We also expect that the further evolution of Sixian Xiaozhu can add its vitality as architecture.

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