Changjiang Art Museum is located in Changjiang village at the northeast corner of Tai-yuan, Shanxi Province. Similar to any other Chinese villages, this village was razed in 2016 to give way to the full speed urban development. The spatial context that once in-scribed the memory of people’s everyday lives were deprived and fractured. Changjiang Art Museum, as a cultural and shared space that will serve the public in the future, at-tempts to establish a contemporary response commemorating the traces and atmosphere of the human construction that ever existed on this piece of earth.
The Museum is situated at the southern edge of a newly constructed residential commu-nity, adjacent to the urban gird. Therefore, how to make the museum function as a link-age between the community and the city turns to be one of the major issues we concern. At the lower level of the building, we carve out the space at the southwest corner for an outdoor staircase, landing to the street level and leading up through the museum to an open terrace. The terrace at the second level becomes a raised-up plaza with a tree court-yard in the center, allowing for public activities and further connecting to the northern community across the street via a footbridge. This exterior crossing circulation is public and independent from the route in the museum. Both of them accommodates the use for the general visitors and local residents.
The galleries of the museum are arranged around a light well with 5.7 meters in diame-ter and 16.4 meters in height, which serves as the organizing “anchor” for all the spaces. The light well is both the starting point and the end point. People will start from passing through the bottom part of the light well, walk along the spiral staircase coiling up to the galleries while inadvertently looking back into the light well through the apertures at dif-ferent levels, and eventually conclude the journey stepping down from the top gallery along the light well again back to the starting point. While inside the galleries, natural light is filtered and softened by the skylights, penetrating through a grid of 1.9 x 1.9 square meter waffle beam and filling the interior with a homogeneous and immersive light quality. Furthermore, the exterior staircase that connects the second through fourth floors, the protruding corner window on the fourth floor, and a southwest-facing verti-cal window on the same floor all provide museum visitors with glimpses of the con-temporary cityscape of Taiyuan.
As we see it, Changjiang Art Museum is like a solid block of brick – occupying a spe-cific space-time coordinate, bearing witness silently and attentively to the clamorous and ever-changing city around it.
Location: No.89, Kaixuan Road, Xinghualing District, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Architectural/ Interior/ Landscape Design: Vector Architects
Design Principal: Dong Gong
Project Architect: Sun Dongping
Construction Management: Zhao Liangliang
Site Architect: Guo Tianshu, Chen Zhenqiang
Design Team: Ma Xiaokai, Chen Zhenqiang, Zhang Kai, Jiang Yucheng, Teng Xiao-tong, Zhao Dan
Structural & MEP Engineering: Beijing Hongshi Design Co.,Ltd.
LDI Project Architect: Zhang Cuizhen
LDI Architect: Li Mo
Structural Design: Xue Wei, Zhong Zhihong, Tian Xi
Mechanical & Electrical Design: Shen Juan, Hao Shufang, Zhang Jianxia, Shi Kefeng, Li Yingping
Lighting Consultant: X Studio, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Structure: Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall
Material: Wood-form Concrete, Brick, Laminated Bamboo
Building Area: 3 932m2
Design Period: 2016.05–2017.03
Construction Period: 2017.03–2019.09
Photograph: Chen Hao
Changjiang Art Museum is located in Changjiang village at the northeast corner of Tai-yuan, Shanxi Province. Similar to any other Chinese villages, this village was razed in 2016 to give way to the full speed urban development. The spatial context that once in-scribed the memory of people’s everyday lives were deprived and fractured. Changjiang Art Museum, as a cultural and shared space that will serve the public in the future, at-tempts to establish a contemporary response commemorating...
- Year 2019
- Work started in 2017
- Work finished in 2019
- Client Shanxi Qiandu Real Estate Development Co.,Ltd.
- Status Completed works
- Type Museums / Art Galleries