The M.Y.Lab Wood Workshop is located on thefirst floor of a warehouse, which usedto be the Dongfeng Sofa Factory inChangning District, Shanghai. Adjacent to the warehouse, it is stood anew-built 150㎡ attached room, formingatriangle lacunain-between. The task is to refurbish the 300㎡one-storey warehouse into a two-storey commercial space, which is tobe operated as a wood crafting learning centre.
What left the most impression in the siteon the first visit was, instead of thespace itself, the overground separatedfrom the old warehouse by just thewarehouse’s enclosure. Trains pass throughthe overground rail every otherminute or so, leavingloud rumblings behindechoing in the place, as a reminderof the long way of globalisation andmodernisation this city has come.
In addition, to the south of the site, awhole block of interior pavement left by a demolished market signifies, as ahistorical monument, the city’s progressionon self-renovation. All in this veryplace, the past, present and future is gathered and revealed.
As the nostalgia atmosphere deepens, woodcrafting centre, the future role that this space will play, is tasked with asimilar subject. Wood crafting, as a conventional technique that left behind byour modernised urban lifestyle, is in need to be rediscovered as a piece oftreasure lost in time.
两个黑盒子/Two Black Boxes
Inaddition, two black metal “boxes” areintroduced into the route. One, with astaircase inside, is located between thetwo storeys as a transportation junction,whose tilted top parallels the form ofthe ceiling in the main space. The other“box”, functioning as the tearoom, islocated between the attached room and itsyard as a pathway. Half of the boxinterlocks with the interior, bringing intothe space formative diversity. Whilethe other half is exposed in the yard,with a niche-like space for resting rightunder a skyline. During breaks,students can have a bit of time with themselvesin this nook.