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.
Folding Screen – Rongbaozhai Western Art Gallery in Beijing, China by ARCH STUDIO
December 16th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ARCH STUDIO
The project is located in Liulichang West St. in Hepingmen, Beijing. Liulichang is well known as a series of 2-storey traditional Chinese style housings with reinforced concrete structure and basements that sell various craftworks, artistry and antiques. They were built under the planning of the government about thirty years ago.
The purpose of the design is to create a space full of the elements of Orient, Zen, Nature and Simplicity, as well as maximize the interior space under the limit of the existing grid. Folding screen has long been a part of traditional Chinese decoration, which delivers the beauty of serenity and harmony by separating and embellishing a room as a member of traditional Chinese furniture. A screen display wall would be used as a basic element to integrate the current construction space.
The first floor is designed to be an up-and-down transparent exhibition hall enclosed with fixed folding screens, which would certainly deliver an intense impression at the first sight. The folding screen display wall on the second floor enhances the elastic utilization of the space. As to the basement, a ceiling made of soft films creates a bright enclosure just like a court to eliminate the space oppression.
Folding screen is such a precious traditional fine art that’s expressing modern art of space utilization as well as its public value by attracting more people into such an enjoyable space.
Founder and Principal Architect of Arch Studio
Han Wenqiang was born in Dalian, Liaoning, China. He received a Master’s degree in Architectural Design and Theory from School of Architecture of CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts), and he is now a lecturer in Interior Design Research Section there. He founded ARCH STUDIO in 2010 and he is acting as the Principal Architect. Combining with his teaching and researches, he has explored varied creations and practices.
His major works include s series of culture and art exhibition spaces, Rongbaozhai Head store and its branch stores across the country, and Beijing’s Siheyuan and Hutong Residences, etc.
Arch Studio devotes to using multi-perspective and rational means to intervene the development of contemporary urban living environment, finding a right balance between the connections of reality and nature, history and culture, creating a spatial environment that is full of the spirit of times and humanistic quality.
We believe: in this complex and multivariate era, new creation is not from a sudden inspiration, but from careful study of the unique needs and restrictions of each project, from uninterrupted breakthroughs and challenges to the restriction boarder, from continuous improvements in the whole process from concept to construction details, from skillful transformation between exterior and interior, new and old, artificial and natural, to make space as the communication medium between people and people, people and the environment, and create a new livable dwelling.
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