Architecture firm Penda, recently finished the Hongkun Fine Art Gallery in Beijing. The white exterior of the Art Gallery acts as a focal point in the area, drawing people in with its sculptural forms. Visitors enter the gallery through an opening in the monolithic façade, and are immediately introduced to the clean white space, and arch-like curves that define the space.
The arc itself is a shape which origins from a cave. The cave is the birth – place for art and architecture. And it has been used for thousands of years as a transmitter for art and history. Therefor we tried to find a new connection from the tradition to a modern way to exhibition art.
The large open area offer possibilities for themed exhibitions, while the sinuous curves with the space, guide visitors throughout the gallery. The carved out interior merges seamlessly with the solid expression of the exterior, creating a novelty space that complements the artwork exhibited in the space.
Multiple arches altering in size and orientation create a continuous, gentle curve which becomes a sculptural interpretation of the landscape paintings, that are exhibited in the gallery.
The sculptural entrance houses within the arches and information desk, coatroom, and the main circulation staircase. The staircase leads visitors to the basement, where they can experience a special exhibition hall, and employees to the office area located on the mezzanine level.
Project: Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts
Project team: He Quan, Minxue Sun, Dayong Sun, Chris Precht
Lighting and Museum Consultant: Jing Ai
Project location: No.42, West Dawang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100022
Project area: 1400 m² on 2 floors
Project started: End of October 2013
Gallery opened: Beginning of December 2013
Photoraphs: Xia Zhi
*All images and information courtesy of Penda.