Completed in 1840, 65,000-square-meter site was the first modern textile mill built in China. After a fire during WWII almost burned the factory to the ground, a series of renovations were undertaken, thus giving it a mixed aesthetic of Gregorian and postwar architecture. Woods Bagot was commissioned to renovate and preserve this underutilized museum and shopping center into a world-class entertainment and retail destination.
The original layout will be expanded to spur exploration while referencing the efficiency of the original mill —a collection of six buildings positioned in a linear, grid-like pattern. To refer to both its imperial and industrial roots, portions of 19th-century and 20th-century façades will be maintained. Crude materials such as brick and anthracite grey tone for mullion finishing will highlight its industrial aesthetic.
Accessible to both drivers and pedestrians, the retail center will be created along the main road, across the street from a newly built subway station. Visitors will be greeted by a contemporary elevated platform with views to Daming Palace—the Tang Dynasty’s royal residence for more than 220 years. This space can also be used for future exhibitions and events.
To achieve an interactive, pop culture experience, major entertainment attractions as well as food and beverage outlets, an arts center, theatre, museum, and a hotel will be featured. Woods Bagot intends to give locals a sense of pride in their industrial history and reason to look forward as the city evolves for years to come.