For the second one of this series, I decided to visit the Red Town, also at the intersection of line 10 and line 4. It is situated in the far west side of the city, and to many it would be considered “far away.” That being said, it was only 3 stations from my house, and a great place to spend an afternoon.
Originally home to the company “Shanghai 10 Steel,” this industrial site was constructed in 1956. According to the placard at the entrance of the space, it served as the “pilot unit” of the Shanghai modern enterprise system.
In 2005, the Shanghai Steel company saw the opportunity of transforming this derelict site, situated still in the ‘city center’ (inside the inner ring road) and transform it into a service industry hub.
At the time of completion, the factory specialized in Steel products inside each of the 39 buildings in the park.
Although currently still under [re]construction, one can see the impact of this creative zone on the development of the residential surroundings near the site.
Relics of the steel industry have been transformed into public sculptures.
Besides being home to numerous sculpture spaces, the park is also home to service offices, cafes, green spaces, and retail shops.
A panorama of the sculpture garden
Again, according to the placard at the entrance, “Since 2007, it has been rewarded as an ‘outstanding creative industry gathering area’ ‘visual art industrial base’ and the ‘Shanghai Creative industry demonstration gathering area.’”
Parts of the steel factory have been retrofitted to accommodate service-sector design companies
relics of the industrial past remain and add texture to the environment
Individual companies have a sense of belonging when they input their own creative ideas onto the site, such as the use of the chandelier in the industrial space.
The developer, simultaneously, created exciting spaces within the constraints of the existing buildings to develop dynamic spaces
On my way out, I saw the sculpture garden transform into a setting for cinema production.
Besides sculpture, this site also boasts photography, art, film, and performance spaces
the museum building has been transformed from its industrial past with a contemporary facade
Across the museum you can see more examples of architectural expression while simultaneously preserving the environment.