Appreciation towards Daipu Architects for providing the following description:
the area. Original village has vanished, replaced by big scale blocks which better fit for
cars. Even if renowned as artist village, it’s difficult to stay or enjoy art exploration
without local artist friend’s introducing. So, the first idea was to create an ambient, a
public space where people would like to stay, date and communicate.
eyes would follow the curvy floorslab coming from the ground all the way up to the roof.
People could choose getting into the space either through the ramp or the courtyard
with a pool and tree on the first floor. Sky is reflected onto the ground, with reflecting
pool together, helping people to filter their mind and forget the environment out there.
concrete wall. People would stay and chat under the tree in the courtyard, or, just feed
fishes by the reflecting pool. Meanwhile, they could enjoy artworks and watch other
people lingering inside the building through curtain wall. In the bare-concrete wall, there
is a corridor which could be utilized to exhibit books and small sculptures. The curvature
varies slightly along the path.
The second courtyard introduces nature light to the back exhibition hall and meeting
room on 2nd floor, while separating the public and privacy needed. The curvy wall
implies people to the other side of the building, and introduces them to come to the
public stairs-plaza on the roof, where people could enjoy sunshine and have a break, or
look down to the pool.
ones for exhibition, there are four more courtyards lying on the upper part. Two yards
apply sunlight to the back space and introduce skylight to the exhibition hall below. The
other two yards are on the top of the floor, which also open to sky.
people and visitors would communicate with nature light, trees, water, and
contemporary art. This simple and plain idea will spread out through their experience.
Location: Song zhuang, Beijing, China
Height: 18.78 meter
No. of floors: Exhibtion part: 2 stories , Function part: 5 stories
Building Area: 3,200 square meters
Site area: 2,695 square meters
Client: Chinese Contemporary Art Development Foundation
Design Architect: Daipu Architects
Director : Dai pu
Design Team: Dai pu, Feng jing, Liu yi
Structural Engineer: Huang shuangxi.
Water Engineer: Lei ming
Mechanical Engineer: Wang Gepeng
Electrical Engineer: Wang xiang
Construction: 2010.11 – 2012.09
Wang tiantian: architect
Daipu: architect, founder of Daipu architects
戴 璞：建筑师 大章建筑创始人
D: Not really. For architects, what‘s most important is to put your ideas into drawings
and finally realize it. No matter you work all by yourself or work with your team when you
are unable to solve it, in fact, there is no difference, for what you do is just to realize it.
D: That is a must. Because if you want to accomplish your work better, you need to
have a strong team. But I don’t think there is a mode, no matter Wang Shu, or FCJZ, or
aiweiwei’s studio, in which every member has his own play. I would never think it’s a
good idea to follow some certain mode. But their braveness and courageous divine
nature of architects is a common characteristic.
D: Before we start our design, the north and south of our site had already been built. So
I prefer solving light problem with courtyards. If we make courtyard a square shape, the
shadow will be like a knife cutting into the space, so I use a curve, you won’t notice the
straight dividing line between light and dark shadows, and natural light will diffuse
evenly all over the space. Meanwhile, people would be led by rising curves to the
second floor and top of the roof, unconsciously.
D: When I first went to the site-Songzhuang, a strong sense of depression came to me.
Songzhuang is very famous, and is one of the most avant-garde art village in China. But
when you got there, you would find new houses with all kinds of bricks like regular
bricks, fake bricks, black bricks, grey bricks and tiles. They are all there. There is no
public space, and no place to accommodate you in winter unless you have some local
friends. So I was thinking how to make local people enjoy the quality of space and
people would love to come and stay by architectural means. So we need some change
and accomplishment in this building. For that, I have been visiting the construction site
for over 100 to 200 times during last three years.
D: The earliest idea did not consider white color, but bare concrete and silver metal
For in that case, it would conceal rain-drainge pipes and rain stains inside. But for cost
sake, we turn to white paiting. White color can cover up some unnecessary rough
details, and also conducive to maintenance. The outcome is still pleasing. Because,
here the perfection does not depend on skin materials but space.
D: I hope people can enjoy a flowing, free atmosphere. From the ground, the second
floor to the roof it can reach some kind of free flow, and this is not only flowing in plans,
but flowing in whole space with 6 yards. Two large front yards are open to the public,
and in the behind, four small yards serve as guest room and air courtyard. I have been
there many times and lots of people passing by will be attracted in.
D: Yes, a high degree of perfection. For it is not only presented to users, but would also
affect social environment and producers-system, and promotes industrial upgrading.
For example, after it is finished, a lot of people came and asked about the manufacturer
of glass curtain wall. So it is also a very good opportunity for them as branding. As you
can see, our society has spent large amounts of resources, labor and money to shape
our city, but the result is far from satisfactory. On the contrary, these young
entrepreneurs and owners who don’t have much rights or resources have to struggle
and strive to make our world better. This is exactly what we need.
D: In fact, it takes us only three months to design and accomplish construction
drawings. At that time, I was extremely excited and thought everything is possible just
like you step on the moon surface. Thus we are working fast in this project. But it is still
a small project here in China and some disadvantages in contractor’s construction
management, etc. So it took nearly one and half year to finish it.
D: Beamless floor slab. Because there is no need to invest too much money to do re-
decoration. At the same time, in such a space without beams, it is very pure and
suitable for art exhibition.