Designed by Peter Ruge Architekten, Xintiandi Factory Hangzhou is located in Hangzhou, China. In order to accomplish the smooth transition of the interior structure, all the new spaces distributed across the four floors are organised along the exterior elevation, while in the central area a capacious space is retained. The length of the space is equal to the existing fabric on the horizontal level, in elevation extending throughout all floors. The beautiful steel roof frame structure will be retained and encased by a new glass roof, flooding the space with natural light and forming a connection between the building’s interior and exterior.
The energy of the architecture and its surroundings will flow through the capacious lobby in an undulated way and exert positive influence on the architecture. The existing concrete facade and window to the south and north sides will be completely removed. The protruding steel-frame structure extends 1m beyond the existing skin and the form of the building will conserve the structure of the foundries old steel funnel.