Built in 1958, Suining Jinhua Textile Factory has been irreplaceable to Suining citizens. What the factory brought to the hardworking workers was more than merely a job that could make a living, but a stable home that supported a simple and delighted life with similar social circles in last century. The factory had lost its economic value as the environment changed. Through Suining 1958 Cultural Development, the factory is revitalized with the reservation of culture and meanings. Suining Jinyifang, the renovated factory, brings lively Suining historic and cultural experience to visitors to stimulate urban cultural exchange.
Located within Suining 1958 Cultural Development, Suining Jinyifang is located next to Suining Q Hotel with interconnected design directions. With reservation of old factory site and adoption of old construction materials, Jinyifang connects the old and new culture together with injection of modern design elements to highlight the textile factory culture. Cultural and art interaction are more crucial than commercial elements in overall planning of Jinyifang. Embraced by historic culture and contemporary industrial design, younger generations can experience the factory environment and to know more about the living style and culture and older generations.
Through the development projects of Greenland, vitality is injected to Big and Small Factory which were placed with large textile machines, weaving combs and reels. Jinyifang has two axes and four gateways. Cultural Plaza, is located in the confluence, offers leisure and cultural interaction space.
Outdoor Landscape The outdoor landscape of Jinyifang has a simple and neat design. Soft grassland with tall thin trees creates a relaxing and cosy atmosphere. The colours and materials merges with interiors seamlessly, using the grey and earth tone colours of old factory to outline the new landmark of Suining.
East-West Axes East Lane．Craft Section Being the heart of the factory, East Gateway connects Big and Small Factory. The splendid factory collective memories come to life by an environment with old factory details and tools like machines and reels. The integration of factory images creates a tall wall to summarize the good old times of factory lives. Extending to East Lane from East Gateway, it comes to the Craft Section of two axes. Traditional factory interiors elements as in old bricks, factory lightings, fans and worn signage are represented in a modern way along the lane befitting the commercial position of art and sports machinery. The design connects the industrial history from half of a century with current; connects the past with today, to show the unique Suining culture.
West Lane．Textile Section As an elegant landscape garden, water feature and greenery are placed on the wall of West Gateway as an extension of the landscape. The sounds of endless waterflow guide visitors to interact with the sound system at the centre of West Gateway. The factory is energized by the interaction and sunlight through skylight. Stepping into Textile Section, it is the best space of displaying Suining textile culture heritage. Bringing textile elements into design, old weaving combs are combined and transformed into a screen of the shops while the factory layouts create the window frames. Integration of crafts and textiles illustrates a spectacular history of Suining textile experience.
North-South Axes North-South Lane．Culture and Living Section Jinhua Textile Factory was not only a factory, but also a home to workers. Workers worked, lived and spent their personal time with their families within the factory to embody the living pattern of blending industry, textile and life. The North-South Lane is the Culture and Living Section to integrate art and culture with F&B and leisure to create an aesthetic living space for Suining young generation. In the space, visitors can enjoy a unique experience and to continue the exclusive living pattern of factory where artistic crafts are displayed and F&B social spaces are provided.
Cultural Plaza Located in the confluence of two axes, Cultural Plaza provides a space for assembly and interaction. Highlighted by natural environment and factory features, a leisure living atmosphere is created and the interaction within Cultural Plaza is increased surrounded by the space with greenery and water curtain. The water curtain is also a time display for visitors and the workers from offices nearby. Different from traditional large pendulums, the innovative time display brings vitality to the historic Jinyifang. Visitors of two axes can assemble in the centre and utilize the Cultural Plaza of strong factory features to organize varies of activities along the lanes. Cultural Plaza will be a decent place for fashion shows, outdoor art exhibition, markets and performance to facilitate cultural interaction and entertainment activities. Diverse Jinyifang offers comprehensive and practical cultural experience to visitors including weaving and craft workshops. Jinyifang values art and cultural exchange; providing art trainings to exhibit and continue Suining culture. Besides, it includes a modern sports centre and facility offering sports equipment and services.
Renovated by Big and Small Factories, Jinyifang reserves traditional architecture details and culture with innovative design elements to weave collective memories. Being in old factory architecture with modern interiors and facilities, all-age visitors can experience the sense of home. Representing valuable memories, the revitalized Jinyifang recalls the irreplaceable memories to older generation and educates the distinctive culture to younger generation. Bits by bits, Suining will be transformed into a well-developed city within the development project.