The project is tailor made for 6 "slash youths" in the internet era as a mingled space for both public and private life covering work, habitation, news conference, exhibition, business and social gathering. The "slash youths" are engaged in various industries and their work demands high social exposure. Therefore they would like to exhibit their works, products and even their operation model and everyday life so as to usher in a brand new urban lifestyle distinguished from the commuter's routine followed by most of their peers.
Almost every unit is equipped with various complex or mingled function space. Thanks to the innate characteristics of decentralization of “slash youths”, the hierarchy and traditional definition of space need to be broken. As a result, the sitting room can be both studio and display room; the bathtub could serve as a study for reading and resting, or a sand pool for kids to play. Furthermore, there are not only shared front gardens and even backyards for every two units, but also a number of open space areas designated along the ambiguous border between public and private. Therefore, the residents would be able to see how their neighbors create their art pieces or make their handicraft works through the French window or long horizontal window; they could also wave to and chat with their neighbors upstairs or downstairs through the windows or on the balconies of their homes. The open space rooftop offers another venue for big gatherings among more family members or visitors. Such reiterative reinforcement of social connection makes the whole building a vertical borderless community; while the reappearances of such borderless feel of space and field not only realizes compound use of space and creates flexible border for mutual infiltration between private and public space, but also further illustrates the potential differentiation of the vocational identities of “slash youths”.
In the context of the whole Zi Ni Tang Park, the renovated building is more like the public parlor of a large community. In this vertical space, design is not only an attempt to integrate private daily life and public activities that makes it a space container with cohesive power, but also to combine the rich introvert activities of the building with the outside street space in the park. Such approach to space featuring inward connection and outward exhibition, on the one hand, displays the work and life of the “slash youths”; while on the other hand, incorporates the industrial heritage site and natural scene, with each other as its backdrop, to make it an integral whole for exhibition.