Museums, libraries, cultural centres
An Art Container - Instead of creating certain atmosphere for exhibition, in this case, we emphasize the connection between the subject and object.
Beijing, China│ 2017.9
Total area 22000 m2, Architectural interior 2200 m2
The original architecture is Victorian style with Western-style gardens, as an overly makeup woman, is outdated. The owner intended to transform its function into an art space for the public using. Our first step is to remove all the decorations from her, to show her purely look.
Disharmony is what has happened in this project: an imitated aspect from a mighty culture without its core. For instance, the Victorian building without its cultural base, the only thing it has is symbol which needs to be reconsider and to be released. In short, what we aim to approach in this project is to make disharmony from disharmony. As a result, the building would be back to the original context, a spatial container.
" Blank-leaving" is the most artistic expression of Chinese painting. Therefore, we reduced all the decorated elements including symbols, which were directly transformed from the west like the effect of fading the oil painting into Chinese ink.
On the other hand, " geometrical " form is the most objective expression in Western logical thinking. The architecture of the museum becomes purest white after removing those complicated symbols by using some semi-transparent materials like PC. The extended buildings connected together with new corridors in several kinds of geometric shape. So the new & old, Western & Eastern, contemporary & traditional link together, conversation in between starts over.
The vertical circulation make interior more possibilities to stretch. Accordingly, art collections will be arranged and displayed with a logical order. The space would allow visitors walk through the whole space without any certain route and experience the messages this works try to express.
The whole base shaped like Chinese long scroll, we also reconsidered the relationship between architecture and courtyards. We selected and arranged almost 199 pine trees to scatter around, taking the art museum as the main building, restoration of ancient buildings and resettlement of ancient archway at two side, these remain owner’s preference and positioning the museum as an oriental style.
The significance of the art museum is to present the art. As a platform for displaying it, our definition of " Song Art Museum" is an "art container", with "art" as its mainstay and "container" as its complement, and in the future it can also easy be duplicated in any other place with it’s own language, we intent to give the architecture and space more possibility.
ClientSong Art Museum
Gross Floor Area (mq)2200
ArchitectsKuang Ming(Ray) Chou
Design teamVermilion Zhou Design Group
Photo CreditsXia Zhi
Creative Director, Lead Designer│Kuang Ming(Ray) Chou， Architecture Design Director│Shi Hai Interior Design Director│Garvin Hung， Lighting Design Director│Vera Chu， Architect│Huang Jing Interior Designer│Jamie Pai Decoration Designer│Mavis Huang、Boyuan Ling Photographer│Xia Zhi