Addition, alteration, reconstruction. Three models of adaptive re-use

  • Marco Russo ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ University of Campania (Italy)
Keywords: adaptive re-use, China, Vector Architects, Horizontal Design, Zhu Pei

Abstract

The article investigates the subject of re-use of the existing heritage through the analysis of three Chinese projects, carried out over the last five years. They show that it is possible to work with existing structures without necessarily resorting to its total alteration. This ‘new’ generation of Chinese architects, who studied in the USA and Europe, disavows the concept of making a clean slate in order to develop solutions based on the rediscovery of local techniques and materials. Among the key projects of this new trend the paper will dwell on the recovery of a factory by Vector Architects, the addition into existing structures by Horizontal Design and the ideal reconstruction of the imperial kilns by Studio Zhu-Pei.

Author Biography

Marco Russo, ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ University of Campania (Italy)

Architect and PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design. He carries out research in Italy and abroad on architectural and urban configuration such as the active enhancement of archaeological remains.
E-mail: marco.russo2@unicampania.it

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Refunctionalisation of the Sugar Mill in Guilin, designed by Vector Architects: Reflecting pond, 2017 (courtesy: Vector Architects; copyright: S. Shengliang). AGATHÓN 09 | 2021
Published
2021-06-22
How to Cite
Russo, M. (2021) “Addition, alteration, reconstruction. Three models of adaptive re-use”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 92-101. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/992021.
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Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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