Caochang Hutong Installation, ‘I was here’, China by BIAD International Studio + Crossboundaries

“Real existence”

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2016年推出的装置艺术展览“异人异景” 由crossboundaries主办,隶属于由北京天街集团与北京市建筑设计研究院联合发起的前门东区草厂胡同系列集群展览“真实存在”。

‘I was here’, which opened in 2016, is Crossboundaries contribution to a larger series of installations in the Caochang Hutong area, ‘Real Existence’.

▼展览入口,entrance of the exhibition © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)


▼镜面飘带概念图,diagram of the mirrored path

‘I was here’ focuses on your relationship with ‘home’, emphasizing the interaction of people, space and time. Devised as an immersive exploration within a courtyard house where no one person will have the same experience. In the past, hutong court yard houses shared some spaces of ‘home’ out of necessity. Today people urge for more defined private spaces. In the near future the need for more agile homes will lead to actively shared living spaces.

▼从展览空间看入口,室外中央走廊两侧挂有镜面飘带,viewing the entrance from the exhibition space, the outdoor central corridor is surrounded by mirrors © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)

▼展览空间的中央室外走廊,the outdoor central corridor of the exhibition space © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)


▼主题装置概念图,三个主题装置,“觅”“牵”以及“叠”,带给访客三种不同体验,installation themes, three themes – ‘find’, ‘attract’ and ‘layer’ guide visitors through the experience

‘I was here’ challenges you to make the space your own and reflect on your place and role in this living space, led by a mirrored path that blurs boundaries and redefines private and public space. It introduces three themes – ‘find’, ‘attract’ and ‘layer’ – to guide you through the experience. Find: Your place in the given environment. Attract: How you influence the space. Layer: The accumulative memory you leave.

▼“叠”主题装置:随着时间的积累,感受空间产生的叠加变化,the Layer installation: the accumulative memory you leave © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)

▼“牵”主题装置:人的行动可以改变所处的空间环境,人与空间相互牵引,the Attract installation: how you influence the space © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)

▼“觅”主题装置:人随着自身的变动感受到空间的变化和灵活性,the Find installation: your place in the given environment © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)


‘I was here’ follows the earlier renovation of this courtyard by Crossboundaries, part of a greater programme in the 4th and 5th Caochang Hutong area initiated by Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD). Crossboundaries, having successfully completed the renovation, were selected as one of 6 studios for this exhibition ‘Real Existence’, sponsored by Tianjie Group and BIAD as part of Beijing Design Week 2016.

▼展览空间入口细节,details of the entrance of the exhibition © 徐成 (Xu Cheng)

建筑师:BIAD国际工作室 / Crossboundaries
负责合伙人:Binke Lenhardt (蓝冰可),董灏
团队:高旸,崔雨柔,谈可斌,郝洪漪,刘敏玲,Natalie Bennett(巴娜娜),Sidonie Kade(柯艺丽),闫艺文

Where: 28 Caochang Hutong 5th Alley, Dongcheng
When: October 4 to Octiber 7, 2016
Time: 9.30am – 6pm
Sponsor: Tianjie Group, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)
Architect: BIAD International Studio / Crossboundaries
Partner in charge: Binke Lenhardt, DONG Hao
Team: GAO Yang, Cynthia Cui, TAN Kebin, HAO Hongyi, Mini Liu, Natalie Bennett, Sidonie Kade, YAN Yiwen
Photographer:XU Cheng

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