One hall interpreting two themes
This very project found its place among the crowded dormitory buildings of Nanjing University of the Arts. What used to be the public rooms on the ground floor of the original No.46 dormitory is ready to be renovated and expanded into a two-story art exhibition hall. The lower floor is assigned to ” the Exhibition Hall of Ancient Ceramics Researches”, and the upper floor ” the Exhibition Hall of Ancient Oil Painting Restoration “. The two halls representing for two themes, Chinese culture and western culture, are designed to be separated and to be managed independently.
Between traditions and arts, we identified the common characteristics of calmness and modesty. To correspond to this feeling, we designed a small building with fair-faced concrete named “The BETON Exhibition Hall”. The outer arc of the inner vault is used to pull the space from the bottom up to the skylight, creating a two-story shared space, offering an opportunity for dialogue between the two themes.
▼内拱利用天窗使光导入画室、展厅，解决因在高楼北侧而面临的采光需求，skylights are used in the inner vault to provide natural light to the galleries, solving the lighting problem of the north-facing area
▼外拱与现有二层连桥衔接，留出校园共享的公共空间，the outer vault is connected with the bridge, leaving a shared space for the campus
▼拱体内壁混凝土将采用木板灵活拼合所得的模板浇筑，以期形成形似油画般浓烈的笔触质感，the internal concrete wall is cast with wooden board templates to form a brushwork-like texture
▼弧形楼梯，the curve staircase
A space forming the community
The area of the new dormitory buildings is called “Creative District”. The “BETON Exhibition Hall” stands with the NO.46 high-rise dormitory on its south and a small square between the buildings on its north. North Hu Ju road outside the wall runs on its east side. On its west side, there is a stone-paved pedestrian street stretching down from the north to the south of the campus, which is a popular spot packed with cafes, book stores, creative shops and art installations.
▼“砼展厅”背靠46号高层宿舍，the “BETON Exhibition Hall” stands with the NO.46 high-rise dormitory
The university is a miniature of a society. Since the project is in the very art university, and in the very lively dormitories’ area, maintaining and inspiring a good sense of community in the area took the priority in this designing. The two-storey building already have a fairly good accessibility, with its first floor connecting to the street, and the second floor to an original bridge. Yet we would like to a step further. We squeezing out a small square of outdoor space from the limited building area and creating a vaulted veranda on the second floor, attracting people from different directions to move towards the cohesive square.
▼从立面看拱廊，view to the vaulted veranda from exterior
▼从有限的建筑面积里再挤出一块室外空间，squeezing out a small square of outdoor space from the limited building area
Renovation over construction
Nanjing University of the Arts is a model for the transformation and upgrading of the old campus in Jiangsu Province. It has been adhering to the original site for more than 60 years. With the old and new buildings emerging from the vegetated slopes, a vibrate and dynamic campus stands out. Narrow as the space is, it is deeply loved by both teachers and students. The construction of “BETON exhibition hall” is also part of the campus’ long-time “urban acupuncture” regeneration.
Interior decoration took the main role in this regeneration, while only limited expansion of the building happened here. The junctions between the new and the old constructions are reinforced to meet the new technical specifications. However, the essential of this project is neither to conquer the technical difficulties nor to increase the areas, but to inherit the campus atmosphere of art and life, and to attract more communications among the students by the uniqueness of the place.
▼古油画修复室交流中心，communal centre of the Exhibition Hall of Ancient Ceramics Researches
Shaping the form
▼古油画修复室前厅，lobby of the Exhibition Hall of Ancient Oil Painting Restoration
▼拱形幕墙，the arched glazed wall
With a sculptural form, the building has two levels of vaults, which gives it a hint of Western art space. However, this space has its original reference in the Wuliang Hall (meaning “Beamless Hall”) in the Linggu Temple in Nanjing. The outer vault has a special texture with its fair-faced concrete, creating a metaphor for the brushstrokes of oil paintings and the fragments of ancient ceramics. What’s more, it should bring a gentle sense.
▼加建钢梯，the added steel staircase
▼庭院细部，courtyard detailed view
▼首层平面图，plan level 1
▼二层平面图，plan level 2
照明设计顾问：北京宁之境照明设计公司（Beijing Ningzhijing Lighting Design Co., Ltd）