Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus


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Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus is located at the Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China.

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The Dafen Art Gallery is built in the most unlikely of places, within a commercial and residential part of the city. The objective of the gallery is to combine culture and commerce with everyday life.

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The Gallery was commissioned by the state in recognition of the commercial value of cultural production. The Dafen Artist Village, famous for its small galleries that produce replicas of oil paintings, generates billions in revenue a year through the export of its products internationally.

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The Gallery is to tap onto the synergy of the village and to become a new cultural centre that allows for the co-existence of high and low art, where exhibition and trade occur simultaneously.

In order to achieve this, the connection of the Gallery to its surroundings is of utmost importance. Different pathways at different levels were designed to channel people into the site.

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Plaza spaces were also created in front of the gallery for vendors of oil painting replicas to exhibit and sell their artworks.

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Besides exhibition spaces, there are also studios spaces for rent within the gallery complex.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Zhulong, Baidu Library, CAMA

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Suquan Court by TM Studio


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Built as a flexible space to accommodate a variety of commercial functions, Suquan Court by TM Studio is located in Suzhou, China.

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In order to accommodate future events and functions which were not known during the design stage, it was designed as a free plan.

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One of the most distinctive elements of the building is its façade. Featuring a hexagonal pattern, the long vertical windows of the lobby area can be opened or closed according to functional requirements.

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Through the juxtaposition of patterns and materials, the interior space becomes a play of light and shadow.

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In the execution of the design, one of the challenges was the narrow nature of the site, which measured only 6 meters in width.

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By keeping the space simple and free of structural elements, functional flexibility is achieved.

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TM Studio an architectural office based in Shanghai, China headed by principal architect Tong Ming.

Reference: Zhulong

Harbormall by Supermachine studio


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Harbormall is a revitalized shopping centre 100km east of Bangkok, designed by multidisciplinary design firm Supermachine studio. The main feature of the shopping mall is its vibrant new facade of numerous glass fins, wrapped over the old facade of the building.

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The refurbishment of the mall also includes a redesign of the front plaza, a completely new interior space and a re-conceptualized facade of vivid marine hues.

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3,400 pieces of laminated glass fins in 8 shades of blue, green and white comprise this new skin. The idea is to create a iridescent blue box that glows at night, contrasting with the adjacent highway that is flooded with orange streetlamps.

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The restrained simplicity of the facade distinguishes the mall from the more elaborate forms of the  surrounding urban fabric, creating an architectural landmark.

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Light is brought into the interior space with new skylights, an the colourful shades of glass are brought into key elements like the vertical lift shafts.

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Supermachine studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded and based in Bangkok in 2009 by Thai architect, Pitupong Chaowakul. Supermachine studio’s projects are extremely varied and multidiscipliary, including product, exhibition, architectural and event design.

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