New place for new urbanites to reside and create memories
With the current development of urban society, the concept of "community" is being mentioned more and more frequently, in the face of the upgrading of urban development, a9a rchitects has designed the PULO Market, which integrates a variety of living functions to promote community interaction and interaction. In the modern city where neighborhood interaction is increasingly neglected, the warmth of the neighborhood is especially precious, as the community atmosphere dispels the cold of winter and recovers the warmth and beauty from childhood memories in everyone's heart.
PULO Market grows from this neighborhood, with three relatively independent blocks forming a pleasant scale of the inner street. The cut line of the segmented block becomes the main circulation connecting the people on both sides of the residential area and the park, as well as an important traffic path connecting various functional blocks.
PULO Market provides a wealth of vegetables, fruits and fresh aquatic products to buy convenience, but also tries to reproduce the memory of the lively and human touch in the space. The space can also accommodate diverse needs - coffee, snacks, bars, restaurants, daily retail， to meet the diversified needs of residents for daily gatherings, dining out, business negotiations and so on.
Spruce wood was chosen as the material of choice, forgoing hard and cold materials. The black steel pillars interspersed throughout bring a cooler tone to the building as a whole. Spruce solid wood and steel structure connects modern wood structure, with lightweight structure characteristics, providing infinite possibilities for the construction of multiple spaces. The interior roof is made of purlins and rafters, which are located in the same plane, and the exposed wooden frame reflects the structural beauty. The sloping and flat roofs, partial two-story buildings and accessible terraces create the undulating contours of the PULO Market. The result is a rich dynamic line that facilitates the intersection of users' views.
Living with Nature
From the colorful central park of the community, the volume of the building is subtly dissolved. The landscape is reorganized with the setting of trees along the street level, forming a visual connection with the park with ginkgoes, and continuing the golden color of the PULO Market. The site is limited, but the view can be extended infinitely beyond the landscape site, taking into account the surrounding environment of the site and the indoor environment of the area. The inner streets are fully paved with gravel, a material that is not conducive to fast-paced traffic, in contrast to the regular, artificial paving of the outer streets. The ecological advantages of gravel, such as permeability and porosity, are in line with the natural temperament of the rain garden.
The architecture of the marketplace is divided into pieces, giving the space an openness that is suitable for both inside and outside, and using large areas of light-transmitting glass. The interior is planned to bring the eye to the diversity of the market through the planning of the circulation line. In the icy weather, the colors of the winter courtyard fade away, leaving a snowy scene from the inner street promenade to the terrace roof. The lighting design continues the narrative of the retreat aesthetic, weakening the landscape lights and focusing on expressing the shadowy beauty of nature.
About a9a rchitects
a9a rchitects is a young and talented collective of architects, designers and most importantly thinkers. a9a is interested in all topics directly or indirectly related to architecture, and works on projects and research of any scale in the fields of architecture. They are part of a team, but most importantly they enjoy working with anybody who shares our believes that architecture can make a positive, inspirational but never overbearing contribution to the world around them. They offer forward-thinking clients a design that is finely tuned to the place it is sited, the people who will occupy it, and the culture that surrounds it at the time.
Jio Li is the founder and design director of a9a rchitects. He has been engaged in planning, architecture and interior design for more than fifteen years. Under the tutelage of Hua Tang, Zhizhong Dai and Pengju Zhang, he has worked and studied in many star firms and participated in commercial real estate projects and ancient architecture design research for many years, including CAG, CMCU ADD. In 2015, he co-founded a9a rchitects with his friend Asif, and tried to design all new things. Adhering to the principle of design creativity and combining with the principle of "natural attributes are the invariable design language", he has successively completed cultural projects of various scales. In the future, while focusing on theoretical research and innovation, the studio will combine the concept of place and space, give better design back to the society, and continue to fight for changing the environment.