The Wuxi Xishuidong Industrial Heritage Commercial District has been awarded the International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum. The project seeks to rethink typical adaptive reuse and developmental strategies in China, by looking to the industrial heritage for inspiration.
Undulating roof forms reinterprets the materials and rhythmic quality of the old fabric in an attempt to bring about a more humanized scale in the experience of the street, while providing necessary public amenities.
The project is part of a larger master plan involving local and foreign design offices, including Kokai, SOM, Neri + Hu, DPZ, Pei Partnership and P+T Group, among others.
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