Urban space is becoming increasingly crowded, but there is still a large of the waste space left resulting in wasted space resources. This underground parking was abandoned due to functional adjustment. On the account of the unchangeable spatial form, creating a new function, and integrating with the surrounding environment elegantly, is the key to transforming this space.
This underground space located in Nanjing Zhongshanmen Street, surrounded by lots of rest areas. Considering the client demand, SODA Architects try to create a place suitable for middle-aged and elderly people to visit and rest.
SODA uses the media as a new material in its design to create an immersive underground leisure and exhibition center. There constructed interior space utilizes a 270-degree curved LED screen that breaks down the darkness of the underground environment and enhances the interior brightness. The underground space has been re-divided into a different area for leisure, exhibition, communication, and business negotiation.
We hope to develop the relationship between underground space and people. This space is a combination of virtual reality and media materials. By using visual perception, the aim is to bring people back to their environment, and to improve the quality of bad environment as well as to utilize the empty space in the city.
The curved screen is located at the intersection of the line of sight of the L-shaped space, and the screen is gently wrapped from the wall to the ceiling. When people enter the space and walk through the straight passage, the 270-degree curved screen extends in front of the viewer, and will naturally attracts the people’s attention to its media content. The underground dead corner, which originally obstructed the line of sight, has been transformed into a core area for display and communication.
Downhill is another question for reconstruction, in order to combine naturally with the environment, the designer transformed the downhill into gentle stairs. The waterways were contributed on both sides of the stairs, and the water flowed down the slope to the garden. When people rest in the square, they can walk to the garden area and relax in a comfortable environment.
The L-shaped underground site has changed with the help of media materials, and has become a new type of space with useful value. In the recent research and thinking, real space combined with media materials has become our main practical direction. The renovation project is a practice that uses media to improve the quality of the environment, and more importantly through the transformation, to give new functions to the undervalue places, and to provide solutions for urban abandoned sites.