no longer but not only:
BAU213-3 Jindi Yunhu Market

Yunhu, Qingpu, Shanghai, China







Yunhu, Qingpu, Shanghai, China




Completed 2009


Gemdale Group


Supermarket and open stall market.

Shanghai’s growth strategy is to go west. Within this growth corridor and at the entrance of a new residential development (see BAU213-1) BAU have been asked to provide two buildings that form a threshold into the housing estate: one, completed earlier (see BAU213-2) is the sales house, now a sports and activity centre with associated retail and services, and a major contributor to the context for this second project – a supermarket with associated specialty shops.

These buildings and their adjacent streets and sidewalks will be the only place in the larger housing project where the opportunity to explore a sense of urban public space and iconography exists.

the sublime and the no longer inadequate
The sports centre is a major landmark building and BAU’s second Klein bottle project – a sublime twisted masonry vessel perforated with openings for light, ventilation and access.

The super-market typology is generally dominated by the sensibility of the sub-urban shopping mall, a big-box surrounded by car parking. The type generally lacks human scale, activity around the edge, and any hint of what is happening in the interior.

More recently, with commercial city centres now encouraging mixed use, sites can range from, those hiding behind active commercial streets to those (as in this instance)n taking pride of place at the entrance to a community. These circumstances make it obvious how inadequate the sub-urban type is when brought into the city.

To rectify the inadequacies of the sub-urban type this particular big-box building must respond to two major urban design opportunities: firstly, to work with the Klein bottle sports centre to create a place where the residents will want to come together and engage with each other. Secondly, to provide architecture that engages with the larger scale of the city – in this instance the major highway to north of the project.

Despite being programmatically and formally opposites, BAU believed that a series of urban design strategies would ensure a resonance between these buildings that would form a public realm bigger than the sum of the parts.

Consequently, these two buildings are clad with the same material – a brick tile; the street between the buildings has been treated as a shared space (cars and pedestrians) with large areas of footpath paving and textures taking over the bitumen road way; the building edges facing the street are filed with human scaled retail and service activity; there are awnings to provide shelter in summer and winter; the northern edges of both buildings facing the major city bound highway are treated in the same way – more a market than a super-market.

This resonance also allows these two buildings to become a more complex single gesture at a larger city scale, able to be read from the speeding cars on the highway.

mass as a dynamic assemblage
While the sports centre explores the geometry of dynamic systems and the idea of continuity, the supermarket explores the systemization of a static geometry and the ideas of assemblage and repetition.

The supermarket looks like a collection of slightly mis-stacked shipping containers, packing cases or boxes. The big-box of the super market has been broken into what appears to be a series of small-boxes clad in brick tiles, ranging in colour from orange to red-clay to terracotta. This articulation is achieved by expressing slab edges as black recesses of constant height, windows as black recesses of varying widths, and entrances and service cores as black recesses, wider than the windows.

While mass may be one of the oldest and best understood building tectonics for architects, this mass has been broken into an assemblage of smaller repetitive elements in a seemingly random way that energizes the façades.

no longer but not only
This mundane program has been transformed into a gesture that has public grandeur, looking more like an art gallery or museum or an archive building protecting state treasures, than a supermarket displaying commercial products. This supermarket is no longer ugly and ordinary but not only beautiful and heroic.









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Mixed Use



no longer but not only:
BAU213-3 Jindi Yunhu Market

actualizing the virtual:
BAU 213-2 Jindi Yunhu Sports and Activity Center

geometry, history, art, craft, iconography, and pragmatics: an exploration of intention, coding, narrative, and meaning
BAU021 Olinda Green + Public WC

there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in:
BAU015 Jan Juc House, Victoria, Australia

BAU009 house in the sky

surreal adjacencies:
BAU019 Marymount Residence, Guest Accommodation, Stable + Office

mini-city of culture:
BAU590 Nanjing Pukou Haiqiao Community Service Center

keeping a low profile:
BAU 214 Suzhou Qingshan Hotel Phase I

positive space, human scale, and a blue-green net:
BAU 213-1 Jindi Yunhu Housing

dis-integrated guest houses :
BAU495 Pine Pillow Retreat

don’t look at me, don’t look at me:
BAU436 Nanjing Jiangning Demonstration Kindergarten

new buildings, old topography:
BAU424 Suzhou Qingshan Hotel Phase 2

don’t just re-use the typology, improve it!
BAU310-1 Hangzhou Changbanxiang Housing

defining the perimeter, programming the centre, inhabiting them both:
BAU238 Town Plaza, Xinqiao, Jiangyin

turning outside-in:
BAU199-2 Wuxi Fudi Forte Parktown Sales Pavilion

beyond PODS, networks, and nodes:
BAU552 Chengbei Urban Design project, Nanjing

podium and bill(ding)board:
BAU547 Nanjing Yaxi Town Central Hospital

inner sanctuary, outer crust:
BAU546 Nanjing Gaochun Qiqiao Hospital

an excessive minimalism:
BAU478-A U-Park Incubator, Shang Qing Huai, Nanjing

a plane of reference:
BAU474 Nanjing Zijin Gaochun Science and Technology City

rips in the fabric by place:
BAU461 Nanjing Tangshan Tourist Resort South District

other ideas of hospital:
BAU446 Fuding Hospital

architecture AND terrain:
BAU445 Suzhou Hi-tech District Cultural Center

crust: in-between and on the edge
BAU426 Shaoxing Jianhu Keyan Tourist Resort Planning

eco urbanism:
BAU425 Chongqing Eco Valley City

BAU348 Kunshan Hyper Complex

beyond the picturesque:
BAU347 Kunshan White Pagoda Park

don’t just re-use the typology, improve it!
BAU310 Hangzhou Changbanxiang Housing

building a community not just housing:
BAU302 Shanghai Ludi Baoshan

upside down program – ‘private’ circulation becoming ‘public’ circulation:
BAU254 Shanghai Wai Gao Qiao Culture Centre

extra-large private space as public space:
BAU199 Parktown, Housing, Fudi Forte, Wuxi

BAU197 Jindi Sanlin Pavilion

BAU191 Wuhan Cuiwei Housing

urban camouflage:
BAU227 Hangzhou Sports Centre

positive space, human scale, and a blue-green net:
BAU213_1 Jindi Yunhu Housing

the resort at the end of the yellow dirt road:
BAU543 Emerald Village at Soul Bay

critical regionalism and abstraction:
BAU487 Nanjing Yaxi Citta-Slow

hospital for the ill, health care for the healthy, aged care for the elderly: BAU469 Zhaoxiang Hospital

communities as schools and schools as communities:
BAU408 Networks School Zhangjiang

tear open the package: BAU247 Qingpu NGS Supermarket

urban sponge:
BAU324 Cixi Commercial and Culture Center

lyrical islands in pragmatic seas:
BAU530_1 Nanjing Gaochun Su-Wan Interchange Hub

fractured enormity:
BAU281 Chongqing Huarun

ring roads AND peripheral parks:
BAU243 Shanghai Ring Park

simple box OR 3 points in space – you choose:
BAU204-2 Ningbo Wanda Office

many utopias:
BAU129 Xinhu Pearl City Housing Development

a close family:
BAU125 Zhejiang Power Company HQ

stretching, squeezing, bending, trimming:
BAU550 Huanglong Xigu Urban Design

BOTH networks AND objects:
BAU497 Wyndham Cove Eco Sub-urb

ethics, democracy, difference:
BAU470 towards a socially sustainable Canberra

warp and woof:
BAU460 Jingzhou Museum

sustainable technologies for clean living:
BAU396 Nanjing Residential

network of learning:
BAU341 Yushanwan School

not in galleries, but a way of seeing:
BAU338 Jingqiao Ramp Restaurant

shopping sandwich:
BAU321 Jiangyin Wuxing Commercial Centre

celebrating the collective, the intimate, the sustainable, and the local:
BAU312 Suzhou School

21st century Ponte Vecchio:
BAU287 Shanghai 2010 World Expo Bridge

antidote: not another ghetto city:
BAU285 Chengdu North Central

at last …finally …some diversity:
BAU282 Jindi Sanlin Office

recycling and beyond
BAU264 Jiashan Lu Apartment Block

an assemblage of difference:
BAU256 Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

streets as shelters, bars as amphitheaters, landscapes as playgrounds:
BAU235 Jinqiao Community Bars

reduce, reuse, recycle:
BAU220 Shanghai Sculpture Space

binary oppositions defining a field of operation – all we wanted was a park:
BAU122 Xiamen International Exhibition Centre

the hotel as microcosm of the city:
BAU018 Marque Hotel

…very strange:
BAU016 Penny Lane

the beautiful and the extraordinary:
BAU013 Hopetoun Bush Resort

a dynamic yet stable vehicle:
BAU510 Suzhou Tram Co. Headquarters

BAU486A Jiangyin Docklands Park

innovation both inside and out:
BAU433 Zhangjing Nobel Lake Park & Network

exquisite corpse
BAU416 Genetic City Caofeidian

landscape becomes urban design becomes architecture:
BAU390 Duolan Dong Dong Mixed Use Complex

BAU386 Symbiotic City

repetition and difference:
BAU384 Kunshan Pavilions

no longer drowning – waving:
BAU339-2&3 Suzhou Creek Promenade

yet another point of view:
BAU339-1 Suzhou Creek Serpentine Park

ordinary not heroic, symbolic not monumental:
BAU318 Hangzhou Xiaoshan Government Headquarters

woven threads:
BAU234 Jiangyin Arbour Park

private precincts, public networks:
BAU226 Pudong Yangjing

creative networks:
BAU224 Chengdu Fenghuangshan

maximize commuication and cross fertilization:
BAU208 Linping New City Centre

more than just a technopolis:
BAU206 Hangzhou Xiasha New City Centre

a second network embracing history, smalllness, and complexity:
BAU193 Chengdu West New District

a park for everyone and everyone in their park:
BAU189 Hongqiao Park

disorder – not randonmness but beyond order:
BAU182 Chengdu East Village

mosaics of teaching, networks of learning:
BAU149 Huai’an Tertiary Education District

walled cities within a walled city:
BAU147 Xi’an High-Tech Precinct CBD

co-existence without incompatibility:
BAU138 Jiangxi Xinyu Networks City

clarity and unpredictable adjacencies:
BAU119 Jinqiao Sports & Leisure Centre

space-time conflict:
BAU544 Shanghai University Campus