Recently, the full list of winners of the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2020 (AAA 2020) was announced. The project Green Hill (Renovation of Mechanical Warehouse of the Shanghai Tobacco Co., Ltd. at Yangpu Riverside) led by ZHANG Ming, professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Principal Architect of Original Design Studio, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., was selected to be the Honorable Mention (Category E: Integrated Buildings) in AAA 2020.
Honorable Mention certificate
Exhibition layout of Green Hill
Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) is an organization of Asian architects composed of architectural societies from the most representative and authoritative countries or regions in Asia. It was founded in 1979 in Jakarta, Indonesia. At present it has 21 architect groups. As the highest architectural design award in Asia, AAA aims to present outstanding architectural works in Asia, encourage the heritage of the Asian spirit, and improve Asia’s architectural environment. AAA covers six architectural categories: 1) Residential Projects; 2) Public Amenity Buildings; 3) Industrial Buildings; 4) Conservation Projects; 5) Integrated Buildings; and 6) Socially Responsible Architecture. Each category has a Gold Winner, Honorable Mention, and Mention. A total of 44 projects were awarded by AAA 2020.
The project Green Hill, led by Prof. ZHANG, was highly evaluated by the jury panel. They agreed that the project was an excellent example of maximizing the way riverside spaces can be made available to citizens, following the concept of converting part of the existing building into an urban complex of multiple functions, including the provision of spaces and greenery for people to enjoy. The project created an urban garden with accessibility to all.
Green Hill was originally a 6-storey reinforced concrete factory built in 1996 as a mechanical warehouse of the Shanghai Tobacco Co., Ltd. The building was facing the possibility of being demolished because a newly planned road (Anpu Road) would cut through it. Through inventive design, Prof. ZHANG’s team made use of the building’s high span to allow the road to pass through the development This preserves the building and allows it to extend, as a single development, to the waterfront.
Aerial view of Green Hill
Comparison before and after renovation
The design team led by Prof. ZHANG has won many ARCASIA awards, notably:
In 2015, the project Original Design Studio (Renovation of Shanghai Shoe Nail Factory) won the Honorable Mention (Category: Conservation Projects).
In 2018, the project Demonstration Section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space won the Gold Winner (Category: Social Responsible Architecture).
In 2019, the project M2 Tourist Port at Bai Lianjing, Shanghai (in collaboration with East China Architecture Design Institute Co., Ltd., ECADI) won the Gold Winner (Category: Public Amenity-Specialised Buildings).