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Renew - The Soul


This time Roarc Renew received a task themed at countryside renewing.


We do believe with great certainty that the essential feature of a renewing project compared to a newly-built project is “conforming to the original energy filed of the construction”.

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▲ 陶仓改造顺“势”而为 ©️WenStudio


The soul of every renewing project is to find out the hidden flow and go with it. It is as if the bright moon cannot be seen before clouds move away. Certainly, the first thing is to identify which cloud should move away and how to move it away. This is the methodology Roarc Renew used in building renewing for the past years.

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▲ 改造完成后陶仓夜景 ©️WenStudio


Alias as Lotus Granary 


At Wangjiangjing Town, there are two granaries nearbyhundreds acres of lotus marsh and the Taocangcanal.


The granarieswere built in the 1950s/1960s. They were previously granaries for residents to store grains. Later they were burned and discarded for years.

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▲ 改造前。火烧后的粮仓内部结构依然完整 ©️裸筑更新


There was also a lotus pond before the granaries. It is speculated that nearby buildings get water from the lotus marsh and pond for firefighting.


The granaries sit near the lotus pond, and that’s why they were also called Lotus granary.

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▲ 粮仓与莲池互相映衬,“莲仓”别名因此而来 ©️甄小龙


After the renovation, terrazzo lotus patterns in the granaries echo with structural arches of the granaries.


The owner entrusted Roarc Renew to renew the project to make it a landmark of the place on the basis of architectural characteristics and historical background of the granaries.

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▲ 保留原结构作为艺术展厅的东粮仓内景 ©️Wen Studio


Energy Field Exists with Functions and Goes beyond Functions


Inside of the Energy Field


Functionally, the future granaries are defined as an art center by the owner.  


The western granary will act as a commercial gallery, while the eastern granary will act as an art gallery.

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▲ 陶仓建筑结构模型 ©️裸筑更新

由于两座粮仓独特的结构呈现 -混凝土拱圈支撑体系,导致粮仓内部视觉体系完整,拱圈秩序形成完整的场域经验。这股“势”,不可破。且老粮仓年事已高,任何不属于原结构的东西,都会成其“负担”。

Since two granaries are made in a unique structure, i.e. a concrete arch supporting system, they have a complete interior visual system. Arches form a complete field. It is not wise to break such a great energy field. Moreover, the granaries are very old, so any member except its original structures may become a burden.

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▲ 分解图示


Consequently, we come to a conclusion that all the granaries space should be solely used for exhibition spaces, and auxiliary functions necessary for the art center are supposed to be provided outside.


There is no ground for alteration of interior structure of the granaries.

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▲ 分解图示


Outside of the Energy Field

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▲ 陶仓北向运河,南向大片腹地 ©️Wen Studio


After the nearby textile warehouse was demolished, the two old granaries stand side by side in parallel. The granaries go in an east-to-west direction, facing canal to its north and a vast stretch of land to the south, while close at hand is a lotus pond. In this context, the best solution to add structures to the original architecture is to take an “accompanying” approach to explore new stories with the old granaries.


That’s why the connective corridors were coming into shape.

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▲ 外部新增建筑体呈“伴随”姿态 ©️Wen Studio


In architectural functions, the corridors not only change the way of entrance and its layout, but also create commercial and social space on its own. Acting as the accompanying space for an art museum, the corridors also allow for extending exhibition space externally in a way to protect the internal. Through all these architectural efforts, we are paying our tribute and respect to the history of the old granaries.

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▲ 连廊伴随两座粮仓 ©️Wen Studio

A 入口的重新定义

A Redefinition of Entrance


The main galleries have four entrances. Newly added corridors lead flow to the center. Visitors move from two sides to the center along the appropriately sized corridors and then enter the galleries.

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▲ 结构对仗 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 将动线引向中间 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 在中心形成一个静谧场所 ©️Wen Studio


The east and west ends serve as freight entrances. In this way, visitors and freights are clearly separated.

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 可旋转开合的粮仓大门 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 粮仓大门开启方式分析图

B 商业社交

B Commercial and Social Purpose


As mentioned at the beginning, all renewing projects come down to an economic behavior eventually. Along the corridors, such facilities as restaurants, coffee stores and souvenir stores will be set to support operation of the whole art center. Full-height glass will be installed and electromechanical positions will be reserved to make the corridors an indoor space. However, for a variety of reasons, the corridors are presented to the public as a grey space when design is finished.

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▲ 新增连廊作为咖啡厅等辅助配套功能空间 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 连廊作为引桥,是情绪的铺垫,是前戏 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 连廊山墙面拼砖做法分析图


Energy Field: Construction Directivity


The main granaries run east-west, showing the direction of the space. Once sense of direction confirmed in a space, field, namely the standpoint of the construction, reflects itself naturally.

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▲ 静谧场域在此形成 ©️Wen Studio


With a unique ingenuity, the twin corridors are designed to be parallel not only in horizontal, but also in vertical forms by raising their heights to a peak at the central entrance, thus creating filed energy in two directions.


The energy field lies the “souls” of this renovation project: on one hand, the horizontal form fits well into the parallel nature of the old granaries; on the other, the ascending trajectory in vertical form directs our focus to the sky.

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▲ 聚气,上扬,望天,冥想 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 两股“势”汇聚于此 ©️Wen Studio


In form, the corridors are designed to be accompanying structures to direct the way to the main entrance in the center. In spatial arrangement, the twin corridors ascend in a continuum to reach a hollow and quiet space at the central peak, which brings the architectural emotions to a climax.

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▲ 汇聚之处的灰空间 ©️Wen Studio

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 在中心形成挑空的静谧空间 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 红砖作为建筑最重要的装饰,被一以贯之 ©️Wen Studio


Energy Field: Poetic Companion


The accompanying corridors reflects Roarc Renew’s love for the granaries.

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▲连廊将两座粮仓汇聚至中心 ©️Wen Studio


We like to compare construction to human beings, and they were indeed the direct reflections of human beings’ abstract thinking. Geometry has no emotions, but people can find relationship and emotion from the work of geometry. And it is the reason why old profession like architect always lead in innovation.


Architecture likes people, and Roarc Renew wants empathy in its works. Landmark buildings were too often used to represent the will of power.

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▲ 连廊层层递进,将建筑情绪带向高潮  ©️Wen Studio


However, with hundreds of Mus of lotus pond by side, we wish the two granaries will find more inner peace after 60 years of everchanging experience.




The bricks go up and down

To hold and carry the water dropped

Water diversion and drainage

As the most important decorations of the structure, water is silently incorporated into the language of bricks.

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▲ 散水与排水细部  ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 散水与排水细部 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 北侧砖雨水导流分析图

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▲ 粮仓山墙及雨水沟做法分析图


Wheat Ear Wall


In the pattern of a wheat ear, we saw the past of the granary.


Through the monument-like brick structure, we hear the age-old granary who resumes speaking to the world. Resembling the design of the drainage system, the wheat ear pattern is formed by combining bricks with three different moduli. The modern bricks of the corridors connect the old bricks of the granaries, which is a salute to the bygone memories.

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▲ 3种模数变化叠搭出麦穗图形 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 麦穗墙砖拼贴方式分析图


Symmetrical Structure


In structure, concrete arches support the brick roof so that the old granaries have a double-curved roof. It brings a dramatic visual effect.

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▲ 陶仓建筑结构模型 ©️裸筑更新

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▲ 陶仓建筑结构模型 ©️裸筑更新


Roarc Renew use arcs orderly in two corridors to make the structure symmetrical to the granaries with a cascading effect. 

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▲ 轴测图


In the pond flowers bloom like a piece of brocade; within the granary the flower-decorated floor makes a flourishing scene


If the external structure of the TaoCang Art Center shows the ability in arousing emotions, its internal design proves the power of storytelling by interpreting the origins of its name – a granary where lotuses bloom.

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▲ 室内水磨石拼花呼应外部莲花池 ©️Wen Studio



While lotus suggests the unique features of this landscape.


The villagers of Wangjiangjing Town have grown lotus for generations. For them the flowers, roots, leaves and stalks of the lotus means all their life in four seasons changing from spring, summer, autumn to winter. While grains feed the people, lotus makes their lives prosperous.

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▲ 地面拼花水磨石细部 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 作为空间叙事的莲仓室内 ©️Wen Studio




Hundreds of Mus of lotus pond surrounds the age-old granary.


That’s why it is called the Lotus granary.

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▲ 东粮仓外景 ©️Wen Studio


The space in between the two granaries is the focus of the geographical landscape; With a good design the architecture is endowed with a human soul.


Far away the landmark stands out on the ground; Deep within a holy spirit is hidden; In a low voice a past story is told.

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▲ 大雨将至前的陶仓 ©️Wen Studio


Two attaching corridors lead to the torso, fitting well into the structure while enhancing its force.

In you go from the center, out you go from two sides. In this space, we enjoy drinks no less than discussions.


Brick-paved corridors echo the style of the torso, forming an order with rhymes.

Twin corridors join in the middle, going upward to a height touching the sky.

Framing the scene in the sky while holding fast to the ground, the corridors witness days and nights, the rise and fall of the sun, all paying a tribute to the passing time.

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▲ 修缮加固,地铺大花 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 保留原结构作为艺术展厅的东粮仓内景 ©️Wen Studio


Preserve the internal arch to renew the old memory.

Laying black bricks for roof boarding to divert rainwater.

In the pond flowers bloom like a piece of brocade.

Within the granary the flower-decorated floor makes a flourishing scene.

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▲ 地面拼花水磨石细部 ©️Wen Studio

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▲ 陶仓内部夜景  ©️Wen Studio


Large arch opens wide, fit for exhibition arrangement.

Wish you bloom like the summer lotus where prosperity and glory follow!



On beginning of Autumn, the year of Gengzi

At RoarcRenew

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▲ 一层彩平 1F Floor Plan

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▲ 二层彩平 2F Floor Plan

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▲ 三层彩平 3F Floor Plan


TaoCang Art Center


Location: Jiaxing, China


Address: Fengchan bridge, Xiuzhou District, Jiaxing City, Zhejiang province, China


Building area:  2448 square meters

设计单位:裸筑更新建筑设计事务所 roarc.cn

Designer: Roarc Renew ( roarc.cn )


Principal architect: Robben Bai

项目建筑师:盛朦萱 薛乐骞

Principal architect: Sheng Mengxuan, Xue Leqian

设计团队:梁萧怡  吴叶静  陆慧沁  顾倩  杨骏一  林佑政

Design team members:  Liang Xiaoyi, Wu Yejing, Lu Huiqin,Yang Junyi

水磨石拼花地面铺装设计:顾倩 盛朦萱

Terrazzo parquet floor design: Gu Qian, Sheng Mengxuan


Lighting Design: AILD

灯光设计团队:洪昇霖, 陈谷雨, 刘圳云

Lighting Design team member: Hong Shenglin, Chen Guyu, Liu Zhenyun

施工顾问:张成华 结庐装饰

Construction consultant: Zhang Chenghua from EMCC Shanghai Jielu Decoration Design Engineering Co., Ltd.

水磨石地面施工方:结庐水磨石 / 上海结庐装饰设计工程有限公司

Terrazzo flooring Constructor: EMCC / Shanghai Jielu Decoration Design Engineering Co., Ltd.

摄影师:Wen Studio

Photo credits: Wen Studio


Client: XBand Co.,Ltd.


Party A project participants: Zhu Shengxuan, Dong Tianshu, Zhen Xiaolong, Yu Hong

主要建材:红砖 水泥

Main building materials: Red brick, Cement


Date of design (start and completed date): 2019.06-2019.08


Date of construction (start and completed date): 2019.09-2020.03


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