China’s architecture and design practice AD ARCHITECTURE has designed an art space
for commercial art and management consulting by playing with abstract geometries in Shantou, Guangdong, China.
Dubbed the project Future Artspace H, the 1,600 square meter building was designed for Future Vision.
It is a Shantou-based start-up enterprise dedicated to commercial arts and management consulting.
Located on the main road of Shiyihe Village in Guangdong,
the building was renovated as a “village art character in the context of rural renovation”.
With the improvement in living standards, the villagers,
who used to make a living by farming and fishing, moved out of their old homes.
They built new multi-storey square-shaped dwellings on allotted plots.”
The studio carefully intertwined the old and new buildings in the village,
reflecting the effects of development.
In this project, AD Architecture thought of project boundaries outside of architecture,
trying to talk about the city and society through design.
Far from the traditional connotation of architecture,
the design team approached the project from a city and community perspective.
With the aim of creating an artistic space that integrates both the market and public life,
to convey the value and warmth of design.
And the development of rural construction for a long time, in many villages in the absence of planning.
Chief designer Xie Peihe, who grew up in Xinxi City where the project is located, witnessed the disharmonious development of the built environment of local villages.
He noticed that the new box-like buildings that were built amidst the traditional houses erased the traditional architectural aesthetics.
As a professional designer, Peihe felt a responsibility to do something to revitalize and redefine rural, lifeless neighborhoods.
This project aims to create a new order, introduce commercial art, and help shape a new society.
Through a minimalist design approach, AD ARCHITECTURE created “blank” spaces,
in order to offer more functional possibilities to support business operations in place.
Starting with the supposed primary function of weddings and banquets,
the design team endowed the venue with unlimited capabilities, to allow more efficient use of space and enrich its operations.
In this project, AD ARCHITECTURE created various art scenes,
producing a mixture of commerce and art.
Space functions are also not static, but are defined by users.
The design team imagined a place with unlimited possibilities generated by the connection between users and space,
the design balances well between art and commerce, the overall design is based on rational thinking.
Playing with abstract geometry, the design team created a minimalist art building that invites visitors to explore.
Drawing on the wisdom of traditional courtyards, the inner and outer courtyards bring people together and present a modern look.
Where design creates interaction between inside and outside,
architecture and environment, architecture and people, and produces a truly people-oriented art space.
Through a pure building model, Xie Peihe and his team hope to enable space and people,
who interact with space, to have a subtle impact on the surroundings.
In this project, the design team considered the interaction of the building with the surrounding environment,
and the architecture creates an iconic skyline, with a curve that results in an eye-catching visual identity,
adding an aesthetic and artistic touch to the modest village.
Free changes of light and shadows enrich the shape of the space throughout the day,
resulting in an uneven aesthetic and a more interesting space.
Free shadow and light effects are preset by design strategies.
As light emanates from structures and space, in this project,
AD Architects saw light as a force that represents nature and diversity,
and the form of natural light is expressed through shadows.
As for this project, AD ARCHITECTURE designed a simple building featuring common steel structures and large white wall surfaces.
Within the perfect implementation of the design scheme,
the building’s simple aesthetics convey a sense of closeness, it is simple yet comprehensive.
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