Huangchong Market
aerial view. Image © Siming Wu

Huangchong Market

Multi-Architecture

CATEGORY
Renovation, Market

LOCATION
Foshan, China

YEAR
2021

ARCHITECT
Multi-architecture

AREA
480 m²

CONSTRUCTION
Shenzhen Wande Construction Group Limited Company

DESIGN TEAM
Li Chen, Shaomin Ji, Sihong Wang

LEAD ARCHITECT
Jin Yuan

PHOTOGRAPHS
Siming Wu

MASTER PLAN
Li Dai

CLIENT
Urban Construction And Water Conservancy Center, Beijiao Town, Shunde District

Huangchong Market
The way to the market from the Huangchong Auditorium. Image © Siming Wu

Huangchong Village is a typical newly-built village,in the central region of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong, China. A typical Lingnan village might be expected with the winding waterways.

But as a matter of fact, two kilometers away from the upstream of the river, there is a traditional village that is more consistent with general imagination, covering stone bridges and ancestral halls in the late Qing Dynasty. And the place in the aerial photo is called Huangchong Village.

Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the food market in the afternoon. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the village committee road in the afternoon. Image © Siming Wu

Where it exposes us to another practical context. It is a place difficult to describe in terms of preliminary understanding. Probably, it can be described as "wild" and "vague" place: It is a vital village filled with people and daily life.

As a new village without the elements of traditional Lingnan villages, such as ancestral halls, iron sheets and tiles are major compositions, paired with the pragmatic atmosphere of small businesses.

Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the house in the east in the afternoon. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
The Triangle and the market. Image © Siming Wu

The ambiguity pervaded in the countryside of the Pearl River Delta is emerged from the street life and reacted upon the life here, which might lead to a loss of identity, though it is not a derogatory term.

A large number of young migrant workers lived in the Huangchong Industrial Zone in the village, making the hustle and bustle of the Huangchong Market.

Huangchong Market
morning view. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
A glimpse of the fruit stand. Image © Siming Wu

Then, doing business in the market was not as good as before for people flowing out of the village after the upgraded industrial zone, which is still a construction site. The demand for a new market emerged as the times require.

From the observation of the triangular, we realized that the external form was more important than that of the internal, for the exterior can be directly impacted and superimposed with the "vague surroundings", blending in market + residential house + food market + basketball court + kindergarten + fruit stalls + etc.

Huangchong Market
Looked to the C3 pillar from the market stall. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
night view. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the house in the south during lunch break. Image © Siming Wu

With well-controlled results, people nearby will gain a new understanding of Huangchong Village, and even a sense of belonging for years. The form of external relations, in some degree, indicated that the building is embedded with some spiritual meanings, which is exactly the missing part in this type of village, according to our observation of the "newly built village".

On this basis, a monolithic volume was perceived, so that one could experience a unique, individual and transient observation of the village from different paths at varied distances.

Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the cargo passage at night. Image © Siming Wu
Huangchong Market
A walk to the market from the village entrance in the evening. Image © Siming Wu

Especially for those who live here, such a unique observation can give them an experience featuring "from the ambiguity and above the ambiguity". The various paths to the village are what drew me to this triangular area. The quality and subtlety of the access to the village is a decisive factor for the daily experience of wandering around the village.


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