Changchun, which has been rated as the happiest city in China for many years, is a famous happy city in northern China. Its unique public art plays an irreplaceable important role. Changchun Public Art Museum, located in the Changchun Southern New City, Jilin Province, is one of the largest public art museum in North China. It is also one of the landmark buildings in the early construction of the Changchun Southern New City, which creates a new cultural landmark and provide a civic culture and art activity space for the new city.
▼项目外观，exterior view © 陈溯
▼全新的文化地标和市民文化艺术活动场所，a civic culture and art activity space for the new city © 陈溯
The site locates in a very open new city which has not been constructed yet. During the site survey, the chilled wind mixed with snowflakes blew on our face in winter, while the curator of the public art center told the architects about the bustling local public art life in Changchun.
The cold climate and the sizzling local art activities present an interesting impression of contradiction in the minds of architects. And it is these contrasts that inspired the architects. In order to pursue the contradiction and fusion of cold cowering and passion bursting, and to create an architectural experience and feeling that can be consistent with the open space atmosphere of the new city, we put forward the design concept of “curl and burst”.
▼设计概念：“蜷缩与迸发” ，design concept: “curl and burst” © 顾志宏工作室
In the construction of such a new city, Changchun Public Art Museum, as a leading project, is like a stone curled up in the cold open environment to resist the cold climate of the Northeast. But at the same time, it also contains the unique and colorful public art of Changchun as a happy city.
▼冰雪中“蜷缩”的石块，a stone curled up in the cold open environment © 陈溯
▼入口立面，折叠错动的玻璃幕墙形成水晶宝石状的表皮 © 陈溯
entrance facade: the folded and staggered curtain wall forms a jewel-like skin
▼表皮与肌理细部，facade and texture ©陈溯
The climate of northeast has created the rough and angular, bold and enthusiastic character of the people there. The building of Changchun Public Art Museum is like the character of northeasters. They have a thick and rough shell to withstand the cold invasion, and a strong and warm core to warm the heart. Coldness and excitement coexists in a contradictory body, just as the stone in the cold wind contains exquisite crystal gems under its rough appearance. This is one of the reasons why we take “curl and burst” as the theme of this design.
▼清晨的群众艺术馆，the art museum in the morning © 魏刚
▼立面局部，facade detailed view © 魏刚
From a distance, the whole building looks like a lone stone thrown into the wilderness, crouching in the cold environment and becoming the origin of standing in the whole environment under the and baptism of snow and ice. And this “curling” imagination also implies internal expansion-the seemingly chaotic architectural form is cut open in the middle, “bursting” out of a crystal brilliant core, like an open treasure of happiness. The building and the cold environment activate each other through confrontation. The intense and complex core forms a strong contrast with the rough and primitive outer skin, which jointly conveys the decorous feeling and warmth that Changchun Public Art Museum should have.
▼入口立面，“迸发”出晶莹灿烂的内核，entrance facade: “bursting” out of a crystal brilliant core © 魏刚
▼剧场入口，entrance to the theatre © 陈溯
▼剧场，theatre © 陈溯
▼建筑外观夜景，exterior view by night © 陈溯