Zhang Yan Culturale Museum

Zhang Yan Culturale Museum
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Project name: Zhang Yan Cultural Museum

Project type: Cultural space | Architectural Design & Interior Design

Project location: Shanghai, China


Architecture/ Interior Design: Horizontal Design

Chief Creative Design Director: Ju Bin

Chief Architect: Zhou Zhimin, He Bin

Architectural Design Team: Zhang Jia, Deng Shuyu, Song Wenyu, Hu yao, Huang Ping, Xu Weiwei

Site Architect: Zhang Jia

Interior Design Team: Wei jinjing, Sheng Lingxiang, Luo Fanyu, Yang Yixi

Interior Furnishings: Cen Yuhua

Interior Construction Drawing: Nie Hongming

LDI: Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)

LDI Team: Jiang Chun, Cheng Zhichun, Shi Yi, Li Jing, Ren Weiwei, Wu Yong, Zhang Xi, Du Gang,

Zhu Min, Zhang Hang, Wang Zhen, Wu Li, Peng Jian, Chen Dong, Wang Wei, Xu Jian

Interior Mechanical & Electrical Design: Shenzhen Huapu decoration design Engineering Co., Ltd

Lighting Consultant: Shenzhen junshitan Industry Co., Ltd, Viabizzuno Co., Ltd

Display Consultant: Shanghai Fengyuzhu Culture Technology Co.,ltd

Client: CSCEC (Shanghai) New Urbanization Investment Development Co., Ltd

Constructor: China Construction Eighth Engineering Division .corp.Ltd

Facade Consultant & Constructor: Shanghai Sunvast Construction Decoration Eng. Co.,Ltd

Ancient Building Restoration Consultant: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Urban Planning &

Architectural Design Co.Ltd

Ancient Building Restoration Constructor: Zhongxiao Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd

Landscape Constructor: Shanghai Hongsheng construction landscape Engineering Co., Ltd


Photography: Su Shengliang / Schran Images

Video: Zhang duo / Timing Picture

Article: Ju Bin


Time of design: 08/2017-05/2018

Time of construction: 06/2018-05/2019

Project Area: 1064㎡

Zhang Yan Village is located in Chonggu Town, the western suburbs of Shanghai. It is the birthplace of Shanghai ancient culture and one of the representatives of Fuquan Mountain culture. With a thousand-year history, this ancient village was built near the water from the Tang and Song Dynasties. At that time, Zhang Yan was very prosperous. Zhang Jie, Su Shi, Ren Renfa, Mi Fu and other distinguished literatis have traveled here.


After the historical changes, there are houses of the Qing Dynasty, of the Republic of China, and two- or three-story houses after the founding of the People's Republic of China in the village, showing abundant expressions and textures. Under the background of the new sub-urban development policy, Zhang Yan Village is like the other villages and towns in China, embracing the reconstruction and revival.


“Growth, Subsistence, Birth” is our strategy for the renovation and rehabilitation of Zhang Yan Village and other similar villages in China. It is either to overthrow and reconstruct, nor to repair the old as old, but to follow the development and context of history, to put the contemporary needs and consciousness into the village, to reorganize the layout, coordinate between the new and the old, and program the commercial ecology.


For the dilapidated buildings whose interior space is no longer available, "cleaning up" the broken parts effectively retains the functional ones. Growing naturally out of its context, the "new" can therefore coexist with the "old".


Old buildings embody the history and culture of the ancient village. They must subsist in a better state by means of reinforcement, and preservation. 


The new buildings represent new era and, specifically, new functions, whose challenge would be confronted by some contemporary buildings born from the vacant parts of the site.


 The exhibition halls of the Cultural Museum is composed of three kinds of individual spaces with water patio, thematically ranging from the “Contemporary” to the “Traditional”, and from the “Traditional” to the “Future”. Due to the serious destruction of the Zhang Family’s house, only the exterior wall is intriguing and therefore preserved, inside which the“Contemporary”exhibition hall is built with an offset of 30cm to show the respect toward the old construction. In comparison, the Village History Hall is well preserved. Its internal wooden load-bearing structure repaired, partition walls removed, the original atrium preserved, the Hall witness the unfolding of a second exhibition space with a theme of "Tradition". Under the research on the Village History Hall, it is determined that there had been another building to its north. Therefore, the third, "Future" exhibition hall is built from the renewal of the original site, as well as a water patio and leisure zone in vacant area.


Around the new buildings, the shadow changes with the light. The sunshine is filtered by the trees and scattered in the yard, lively and warm. Along with the breezes, these details of light forms a range of subtle perceptions. Around the old buildings, be it the mottled wall, a grey masonry brick, a tile at the top of the wall, some grass that moves with the wind, or a crawling insect,  there is always moment in space that brings one back to a moment in time.