Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Vanke Triple V GALLERY in Tianjin, China by Ministry Of Design
November 13th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ministry Of Design
Designed as a permanent show gallery & tourist information center for China’s largest developer Vanke, MOD’s dramatic design for the TRIPLE V GALLERY has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline in Tianjin China. The client’s program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information center, a show gallery & a lounge for sales discussion. Requiring their own entrances, the tourist center and the show gallery had to be orientated towards separate existing pedestrian pathways and also operated independently.
Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters. The solution merged structure, sculpture, and space into a single form – resulting in the TRIPLE V GALLERY’S triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form.
By stretching it in three directions, we were able to orient it to different views and accommodate a trio of uses. Sitting on a concrete plaza, the gallery immediately grabs one’s attention with its dramatic zig-zag form and rugged Corten steel shell. Upturned corners engage visitors by letting them look inside and see what is going on and the combination of weathered steel and clear glass introduces an additional tectonic layer to the building’s triangulated geometry.
In both plan and section, the design sets the gallery in motion. From the outside, the building seems to be a sharp-prowed ship slicing through the plaza. On the inside, space flows gracefully from the corners to the center, where the client displays information on the apartments for sale in the overall development.
Materials are paired in contrast to each other such as Corten steel and glass on the exterior of the Triple V Gallery, white-oak walls and ceilings with cement floors in the interiors. An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter. Tectonically, the building responds to the coastal setting and is finished in weathersensitive corten steel panels on its exterior and timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel.
This project has been given a Silver Award at International Design Awards 2012 (USA), and named Finalist for several international awards, namely World Architecture Festival (UK), President’s Design Award (SG) and World Architecture Network’s Civic Buildings Award (UK).
ABOUT MINISTRY OF DESIGN
Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms & experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. An integrated experiential-design practice, MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studiolike’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, one project at a time!
This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing.
The response to our ethos has been overwhelming and we’ve received critical acclaim with a multitude of international award wins and key media coverage – these include being crowned Designer of the Year by the International Design Awards, USA 2010, Rising Star of Architecture by the Monocle Singapore Survey 2010, Gold Key Award Grand Prize Winner 2008, and President’s Design Award 2006 & 2008 as well as feature appearances in Wallpaper, Frame and Surface. True to our inter-disciplinary profile, we’ve also won the Grand Prize in Saporiti Italia’s design competition, and Luxury Tower was manufactured for display at the prestigious Milan Design Week 2010.
MOD’s integrated experiential design approach has resulted in wide-ranging local and foreign projects such as the New Majestic Hotel, The Club Hotel, Leo Burnett Office, BBH Office, Zig Zag House, SOHO China Sanlitun Condominium, The Mark Business Park, and Vanke Triple V Gallery.
ABOUT DESIGN DIRECTOR COLIN SEAH
Architecturally trained in the US, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent 4 years at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic.
As MOD’s Founder & Director of Design, Colin has been named Designer of the Year by International Design Awards USA 2010, and is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award. He was also a Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, the highest international hospitality accolade, named Hong Kong Perspective’s ’40 under 40 architects’ and Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize 2007 ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness’. Recognized as ”Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.
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