While in Shenzhen 深圳, MovingCities seems to be almost naturally pulled towards the OCT Loft-area. This creative precinct is the place where we meet people, where we drink and eat, shop, stroll and sometimes sleep. Recently, Urbanus Architecture & Design 都市实践 completed the second phase of the renovation of this creative cluster. A few snapshots.
The recently renovated North part of the OCT LOFT-area in Shenzhen is based on the
OCT LOFT Renovation Planning 华侨城创意文化园北区规划 by Urbanus Architecture & Design 都市实践 and a follow-up of a first phase OCT East Factory Area Rehabilitation 华侨城创意文化园 project (2003-2005). The second phase will be the local for one the exhibition areas during the upcoming 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Archnet.org has a some quite good documentation about the OCT Loft Renovation project:
The site contains ten existing buildings (factory-warehouses and dormitories), all built in the early 1980s. In the midst of a mixture of white collar-middle class residential areas and a Disneyland-type entertainment zone, these factories remain as residual spaces in this fast growing city. In 2003, Hexiangning Fine Arts Museum- one of the leading national modern art museums in China-decided to set up a contemporary art center in one of these warehouses. Such a decision couples well with the developer’s idea to gradually transform this area into a trendy mixed-use district, with the construction of an art museum being the catalyst.
Pictures by movingcities.org
murals by Mr Paper