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

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OCT Art and Design Gallery by Urbanus


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The OCT Art and Design Gallery is an additions and alterations project by Urbanus located in Shenzhen, China. The original structure, built in the early 1980s, was a warehouse that served as the laundry house of the Shenzhen Bay Hotel.

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In the alteration, the warehouse was wholly preserved. A new glass façade with a hexagonal graphic pattern was built around the preserved warehouse.

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The hexagonal motif is repeated in the museum’s interior. Derived from various combinations and permutations of the hexagon, this results in a complex and irregularly shaped interior space.

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In the design, two distinct exhibition spaces were created through the use of materiality. In the first instance, the entire space is totally cladded in timber.

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Another part of the museum employed concrete on all its surfaces.

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The irregular spaces of the new architectural intervention are in contrast to the rectangularity of the preserved warehouse, which is also accentuated by its white walls. The windows of the preserved warehouse are entirely boarded up, creating an enclosed exhibition space.

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Thus, it is only from the newly added architectural spaces that views of the surroundings can be taken in.

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The irregularity of the newly added spaces endows them with a functional flexibility. Besides serving as exhibition halls, they can also accommodate a variety of different events such as fashion, product and jewelry launches.

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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: Baidu Library, Zhulong, China Designer