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AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

China Architecture News - Jan 09, 2023 - 16:01   770 views

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Chinese architecture and design practice AD ARCHITECTURE has designed an art space for commercial art and management consulting by playing with abstract geometries in Shantou, Guangdong, China.

Named Future Artspace H, the 1,600-square-metre building was designed for Future Vision, a Shantou-based emerging institution dedicated to commercial art and management consulting.

Located on the main road of Shiyihe Village in Guangdong, the building was overhauled as "an artistic vibe into the village in the context of rural renewal".

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

"With the improvement of living standards, residents in the village, who used to make a living by farming and fishing, have moved out of their old houses and have built multi-story square-shaped new residences on designated plots," said AD ARCHITECTURE

The studio carefully interwaved the new and old buildings in the village, reflecting the traces of evolution. 

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Design boundary

In this project, AD ARCHITECTURE pondered the boundary of the project beyond architecture, trying to speak for the city and society through design.

Breaking away from the conventional connotation of architecture, the design team approached the project from the perspectives of the city and society, intending to create an art space that integrates into both the market and the public life, to convey the value and warmth of design.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

For a long time, rural construction in many villages has evolved in the absence of planning. The chief designer Xie Peihe, growing up in Xinxi Town where the project is located, witnessed the disharmonious evolution of the built environment of local villages, and has noticed that box-like new constructions built amidst traditional houses are erasing traditional architectural aesthetics. 

As a professional designer, Peihe felt the responsibility to do something to activate and redefine the lifeless rural neighborhoods.

This project is intended to create new order, introduce commercial art, and help shape a new community.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Infinite possibilities

With a simplistic design approach, AD ARCHITECTURE created “empty” spaces, in order to offer more functional possibilities to support commercial operations of the venue. 

Starting from an assumed basic function for weddings and banquets, the design team endowed the place with undefined possibilities, to allow for more effective use of space and enrich its operations. In this project, AD ARCHITECTURE created diversified art scenes, and produced a hybrid of commerce and art.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

The functions of the space are not fixed, but are defined by users. The design team imagined a place with infinite possibilities triggered by the connection between users and space. The design well balances art and commerce.

The overall design is based on rational thinking.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Architectural gesture

Playing with abstract geometry, the design team created a simplistic, artistic building that invites visitors to explore. Drawing on the wisdom of traditional courtyards, the inner and outer yards gather people and present a modern form. The design creates interaction between interior and outside, architecture and environment, architecture and people, and produces a truly people-oriented art space.

Through a pure building form, Xie Peihe and his team hope to enable the venue and people engaging with the space to exert a subtle impact on the surroundings.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Visual identity

In this project, the design team considered the building’s interaction with the surrounding environment. The architecture creates an iconic skyline, with a curve producing an eye-catching visual identity, which adds an aesthetic and artistic touch to the mediocre village.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Pre-set freedom

The free changes of light and shadows enrich the form of the space throughout the day, resulting a varying aesthetic and a more intriguing space. The free light and shadow effects are preset through design strategies.

The light sets off structures and space. In this project, AD ARCHITECTURE didn’t see light as a symbol of divinity, but a power that represent nature and variation. The form of natural light is expressed by it shadows.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

People-friendly aesthetic

For this project, AD ARCHITECTURE conceived a simple building featuring common steel structures and large white wall surfaces, and ensured the perfect execution of the design scheme. The minimalist aesthetics of the building conveys a sense of affinity. It's simple, yet inclusive.

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film 

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film 

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film 

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film 

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Image © Flight Film

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Model view

AD ARCHITECTURE plays with abstract geometries to design Future Artspace H in Shantou, China

Floor plan

Video courtesy of Sunshine PR

AD ARCHITECTURE completed a private clubhouse with earth colors and geometric components with tunnel-like spaces in Shenzhen. The firm created interiors with curved walls, layering surfaces and extreme dark tones for a restaurant in Nanchong, China. 

The studio won the WA Awards in the 40th Cycle with three projects in the Interior Design/Realised category: Taste Of Dadong · Rhapsody, Shanghai, Chasing Light and Da Dong Gastro Esthetics.

AD ARCHITECTURE is a Professional Member of World Architecture Community. 

Project facts

Project name: Future Artspace H

Design firm: AD ARCHITECTURE 

Chief designer: Xie Peihe

Design team: AD ARCHITECTURE

Project location: Shantou, Guangdong

Site area: 4,000 square meters

Building area: 1,600 square meters

Main materials: wall coating, granite, carpet, tile 

Start time: August 2021

Completion time: December 2022

All images © ZC Architectural Photography Studio unless otherwise stated. 

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