Jiang Shan’s Fishing Village Renewal

The decline of rural communities has become an inescapable reality as a result of modern urbanisation. Jiangshan Fishing Village in Gaochun, Nanjing, commissioned Mix Architecture to address the essential demands of indigenous peoples for modern functions and cultural life, as well as design a rural revitalization plan. The Plan’s initial phase is divided into two parts: rehabilitation of unoccupied ancient residences and building of rural public facilities.

Glass Tea Pavilion Overlooking The Courtyard

Jiangshan Fishing Village Renewal / Mix Architecture,Glass Tea House. Image © Bowen Hou

The rehabilitation plan focuses on the transformation of the existing house. The design aims to stress the relevance of regional characteristics and cultural heritage by preserving the outward appearance of the village’s rare ancient houses to the greatest extent possible. At the same time, the building’s interior was undergoing a disruptive functional replacement and spatial renovation. A patio-wrapped bookcase was installed, as well as a glass tea pavilion overlooking the courtyard. They not only became the focal point of space activities, but they also blurred the lines between inside and outside by bringing sunlight and nature into the darkly lit old houses, transforming them into Village neighbours.

Basic Forms And Architectural Ways Of Construction

Jiangshan Fishing Village Renewal / Mix Architecture,Tea house Fading Away From Edge. Image © Bowen Hou

The establishment of rural public health facilities is intended to address the needs of villagers in their everyday lives and work for nearby toilets. The two public toilets are located at the village’s entrance and in the village’s groves. A simple modern aesthetic can nevertheless be provided in less capital and regional construction conditions thanks to the most basic forms and architectural ways of construction. And, as a result of the dislocation of structures, a “gap” is created, allowing the building to benefit from good ventilation and lighting effects with minimal equipment.

The first part of the renewal project was finished by the end of the year. We were thrilled to observe that the villagers recognised these “gadgets” and that they had a subtle influence on their lives. Jiang Shan’s habit stems from the villagers’ most basic life and cultural demands, and it has a long-term impact on the village’s genes. To some extent, design thought about architecture’s social significance extends beyond its form, and the expectation of rural resurgence originates in design practise.


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