Located on the eastern 3rd ring road in Beijing, the white exterior of the Hongkun Art Gallery works a sculptural focal point for the area. Entering the gallery through an opening in the monolithic facade, the arch-like curves continue to the interior and gently merge into a clean white space for exhibiting the artworks. The open areas in the gallery offer a wide space for themed exhibition, while the gently curved entrance part draws people into the space and guides them naturally further into the gallery.
The arc itself is a shape which origins from a cave. The cave is the birth – place for art and architecture. And it has been used for thousands of years as a transmitter for art and history. Therefor we tried to find a new connection from the tradition to a modern way to exhibition art. The solid expression of the exterior continually merges with a carved out interior and increases the sculptural appearance of the gallery. Multiple arches altering in size and orientation create a continuous, gentle curve which becomes a sculptural interpretation of the landscape paintings, that are exhibited in the gallery. Within the arches, the entrance sculpture inhabits an information desk, a coatroom and the main circulation staircase, which guides visitors to the basement with a special exhibition hall and employees to the office area located on the mezzanine level.
penda was established 2013 by Chris Precht (former office PrechtEck) and DAyong Sun (pe and da = penda). Our studios are internationally located in Vienna and Beijing. We see architecture as a statement that always starts with questions about the content and the context, about identity, density and the community of a specific site. That is why we treat each and every project in a unique and fresh way and therefor the outcome is always costum-made. We try to understand architecture as an profession of interwoven disciplines and consequently develop an innovative vision for social, functional and formal issues, that will create something meaningful for the client while contributing to the community.
We love what we do, we are passionate about architecture and develop every project with the uttermost dedication.
Project team: He Quan, Minxue Sun, Dayong Sun, Chris Precht
Lighting and Museum Consultant: Jing Ai
Project name: Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts
Project area: 1400sqm on 2 floors
Project started: End of October 2013
Gallery opened: Beginning of December 2013
Photoraphs: Xia Zhi