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Programme: Pocket Park (Urban Renovation)
Site: Shanghai, China
Size: Approximately 110 sqm
Completion Date: In progress
   
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Artificial time, Absolute Time and Historical Time

The “Spindle of Time” is located at the intersection of Baoding Road and Kunming Road. It reveals three layers of time: Artificial Time, Absolute Time and Historical Time. The Artificial Time is the clock while the tower acts as a sundial that represents the Absolute Time. And the three low walls pointing towards buildings with collective memory in the North Bund neighborhood reflect the Historical time.

The design translates the three layers of time into a built environment. It provides a place for residents to rest and meanwhile responds to the unique history of the North Bund.

Etched on top of the low walls are significant moments of the historical buildings that the walls point towards. Below are the selected dates:

1903.5.18 Tilanqiao Prison was put into use.
1933.11.20 The Ward Police Hospital (predecessor of Hospital of Integrated Medicine) was built.
1943.2.18 The Residence for Stateless Refugees (predecessor of Jewish Refugees Museum) was established by the Japanese government.
Artificial time, Absolute Time and Historical Time

The “Spindle of Time” is located at the intersection of Baoding Road and Kunming Road. It reveals three layers of time: Artificial Time, Absolute Time and Historical Time. The Artificial Time is the clock while the tower acts as a sundial that represents the Absolute Time. And the three low walls pointing towards buildings with collective memory in the North Bund neighborhood reflect the Historical time.

The design translates the three layers of time into a built environment. It provides a place for residents to rest and meanwhile responds to the unique history of the North Bund.

Etched on top of the low walls are significant moments of the historical buildings that the walls point towards. Below are the selected dates:

1903.5.18 Tilanqiao Prison was put into use.
1933.11.20 The Ward Police Hospital (predecessor of Hospital of Integrated Medicine) was built.
1943.2.18 The Residence for Stateless Refugees (predecessor of Jewish Refugees Museum) was established by the Japanese government.