Song (Art Museum) by Kuang Ming(Ray) Chou
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
"Blank-leaving" is the most artistic expression in Chinese painting. We reduced all the decorated elements from the original Victorian style architecture. It becomes purely white after removing those complicated symbols by using some semi-transparent materials like PC. The extended buildings connected together with new corridors in several kinds of geometric shape. So the new & old, Western & Eastern, contemporary & traditional link together, conversation in between starts over.
Instead of creating a certain atmosphere for specific art crafts, in this case, we emphasize the connection between subject and object. The significance of the art museum is to present the art. As a result, we select the critical elements according to the client’s preference, such as pavilions and pine trees; then removed all the unnecessary decoration. In terms of a platform for display, we define Song Art Museum as an "Art Container".
Design Challenges
Disharmony is what we have to deal with in this project: an imitated aspect from a mighty culture without its core. For instance, the Victorian building without its cultural base, the only thing it had was symbol, which needs to be reconsider and to be released. In short, we try to simplify everything in a harmony way. As a result, the building would be back to the original context, a spatial container.
Production Technology
Environment: Cobblestone(Apron) / Concrete, Dressed Stone Exterior : GRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) / LOW-E glass facade system, Sealed Insulating Glass, Coating Interior: Brass panels / PVDF coating stainless steel panels / recycled wooden flooring / Lamina-te flooring / full-body tiles /
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