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Render Challenge 2 - first prize winner | Xiān lín lǐ , Xīnrán cáo & Jiā ruì Guō


Woman in Swimsuit

Xianlin Li

Woman in Swimsuit

Jiarui Guo

Woman in Swimsuit


Xianlin Li : Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

Jiarui Guo: Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

XinranCao: Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

Woman in Swimsuit

1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
Xianlin Li :Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

Jiarui Guo:Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

XinranCao:Senior undergraduate in architecture department, Northeastern University, China.

2. What is your design philosophy?
Mental health is a topic that has received a lot of attention, especially during the pandemic, but it is often hard to detect when it is actually happening in our lives.

We think that design should be through observing every subtle thing happening around us, to understand the real needs and feelings of users. So we chose the most crowded corner of the bustling city, which is easily overlooked, to create a space for those who struggle too hard to take care of their own mental health, to place and resolve negative emotions.

3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
The epidemic has swept the world in the past two years. During the period of home isolation, even with the company of family members, it is inevitable that they will feel upset because they have been separated from social life for a long time. We think of many young people living and working alone. They are already suffering from more complicated and diverse pressures in life, and the epidemic has cut them off from direct contact with their relatives and friends. Therefore, can we create a friendly and beneficial place for them to communicate with each other in the form of buildings to relieve their negative emotions?

Everyone goes through bad times in life, and we all will in the near future, and it would be meaningful to have a space where we can heal ourselves and each other. That's where our inspiration came from.

4.  When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
I watched some documentaries and TV programs about architecture as entertainment in junior and senior high schools. When I was in college, I learned some basic knowledge in my freshman year. I should have been in my sophomore year when I first got to know architecture and space from the perspective of designers.

5. What does architecture mean to you?
Whether or not we turn out to be great architects, or whether or not we are exposed to architectural design, architecture is bound to become a part of our lives, an unavoidable part. In the process of design, more and more, I think architecture is a kind of human subjects, each building to represent some people, some requirements, some social phenomena of the projection, the architectural design is like a process of discovery and exploration, we study these people, feeling, empathy with these people, these people even briefly these people, Finally, their activities and ideas materialize into a tangible entity, that is, architecture. Every carefully designed building is the summary of a social discovery, the result of a practical exploration, and the mark of the existence of a group of people.

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Residents in urban villages have always been a group worthy of attention. Their lives lag behind the pace of development of the times, are separated from modern urban management, their living environment is cramped and their living standards are relatively low. With the development of the times, the mental health problems of residents in urban villages have become more and more obvious. We need to provide them with a warm alley space and a place for communication that can relieve their worries.

This design is located in the ancient city of Nantou, Shenzhen. It is a renovation plan for the grocery store in the southeast corner. It aims to provide a new way of communication for the residents of the village in the city. Really contact and recall past emotional experiences. The research team found that an important factor affecting vitality is having a "third place." This place is not a home (the first place) or a place to work (the second place). The "third place" is a series of places where people can gather and socialize, a multi-class, multicultural, heterogeneous place , The social container with the richest characteristics.

The building uses a grocery store as the carrier of operation, and on this basis is embedded an emotional experience corridor. The corridor connects small functional spaces such as a breakfast shop, music vent corner, public cinema, second-hand book drifting point, old object replacement, and water bar into four flow lines. The four streamlines represent anxiety, loneliness, sadness and irritability. The flow lines cross each other and penetrate each other.

After a day of exhaustion, the people in the villages in the city find an outlet to relieve their negative emotions in the process of viewing and roaming. It may be one thing or a person, filling the inner hole, and then becoming each other's salvation.

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