The project base situated at the core of 798 Art Zone is now a broken-down storehouse, which may be taken to pieces for rebuilding. Currently, 798 is in a changeover from an art zone to a cultural and commercial tourism terminus. As compared to normal internal reformation manners prevalent at 798, the reconstruction will draw on the opportunity to reassess relationship between art, commerce and their future trend.
Reconsidering Bond Between Art & Commerce
The concept of “798 3.0” has been used to define the current and future relationship established at 798 between art and commerce, which aims to include commercial space/artistic space to a more productive whole with mutual enhancement. While conjoint support is the order, conjoint hybrid is the main idea. With engrossment and operation of private capital, incorporation will be in an integral manner established on which the incorporated relationship will be an integral one, both as an actual and concept structure.
What’s Hollow Tree Structure
The structural relationship in this project will be a kind of hollow tree structure. Hollow defines exterior and interior relationship that is built up not only between the structures, but also inside the structure. This allows light and air to flow concurrently inside and outside the structure. Outside is commercial, while inside is absolutely artistic. From the structural viewpoint, art supports commerce and from the operational perspective, commerce supports art.
Then abnormal hole on the raise is a natural expression of branch light cylinder extending from inside to three-dimensional boundary. In essence, this raise is more like sectional and seen from the whole image, the raise co-exists in an expanded manner with the surrounding environment through a contrasting stand.
Use of steel structure in the construction not only brightens up the whole thing, but also makes it transparent, where parallel and perpendicular layers are no longer independent and rather intertwined with each other accruing transparency. This results in a network space system of multi-layer superposition. People begin to be unenthusiastic of internal or external space and their perception of structure will no longer be rigid or solid of matter, but multiple-layer superposition and transparency of atmosphere.
The spatial spans are divided into different scales so as to incorporate internally various human activities and application manners. Not the differentiated functionalities will determine structuring manners, but integral structuring manners will also pack differentiated functionalities. The light cylinder of the tree structure spreads upon the roof and is transmuted to outdoor desks and chairs of different furniture scales. These are harmoniously diversified distances among which provides spatial places of quality to gathering event activities and dramatic spatial contrast to adjacent industrial plants and urban background.
Architects : Thanlab Office / Han Tao, Guo Xi, Ma Lina, Zim He, Wang Mohan, Johnny Huang
Photographs: Courtesy of Thanlab Office