Jiechen Gallery is the first professional contemporary art space established by Jiechen Culture in Taiyuan. The project is located in Jinyang Street, Xiaodian District, Taiyuan, Shanxi. Jinyang Street is a gathering place for Taiyuan’s urban economy, culture, and education, and now it is gradually transforming into a cultural district that integrates history, art and humanities. The original building of the project is a high-rise building podium along the street. The single-story room is high and serves the residential area. It is adjacent to the surrounding shops. How to make the space full of possibilities and transform it into a small gallery that can regularly host high-quality art exhibitions, most of which require reservations. The gallery’s facade is relatively closed, how to deal with the relationship between the closed facade and the city, and how to create an infinite extension of space in a limited space are the difficulties and focus of this project design.
▼画廊外立面，exterior view of the gallery ©赵奕龙
▼画廊轴测图，the axon of the gallery ©反几建筑
In consideration of maximizing the use of building space, the design team demolished shutters of the same size as the smoke exhaust windows of the original building and unnecessary walls in the space. The exterior facade was remodeled and opened along the street facade to maximize the complete display window. The weather-resistant steel plate was selected as the exterior wall material, combined with the old blue brick floor, to create an artistic entrance, and also provided sufficient exhibition space for the exhibition area in the gallery.
▼画廊外立面近景，在沿街立面开口，以最大限度展现完整橱窗，close view of the exterior facade that is opened along the street facade to maximize the complete display window ©赵奕龙
An entrance space was added to the reception to ensure the quietness of the exhibition hall. The design of the open space allows viewers to communicate and interact, and plays a role in guiding the flow.
▼入口玄关及其细节，the entrance space and its details ©赵奕龙
▼入口过廊及其细节，the entrance corridor and its details ©赵奕龙
The exhibition space mainly uses black and white, forming a series relationship in color, which can better highlight the display content. In addition to differentiating the two exhibition halls by wall materials and colors, the interior area of the exhibition hall also uses different ceiling structures. In Hall 1, high-grade gray materials such as primary-color hot-rolled steel plates and black aluminum plates were selected to create a calm and elegant atmosphere. The first exhibition hall is made of a combination of black metal mesh and black aluminum plate.
▼展厅一，选择了原色热轧钢板、黑色铝板等高级灰色系材料，the Exhibition Hall 1, with high-grade gray materials such as primary-color hot-rolled steel plates and black aluminum plates ©赵奕龙
▼展厅一，具有沉稳高雅的氛围，the Exhibition Hall 1 in a calm and elegant atmosphere ©赵奕龙
▼从黑色的展厅一过渡到白色的展厅二，heading for the white Exhibition Hall 2 from the black Exhibition Hall 1 ©赵奕龙
▼展厅一，吊顶由黑色金属网、黑色铝板等材质结合组成，the ceiling of the Exhibition Hall 1 is made of a combination of black metal mesh and black aluminum plate ©赵奕龙
Hall 2 used white latex paint and fogged mirror stainless steel to create pure, soft tones, and overall The space uses white oak composite wood flooring, which distinguishes the exhibition area from elegant to soft interaction through lighting atmosphere. The overall space style is harmonious and unified, which also allows the viewers to pay more attention to the exhibits in the gallery.
▼白色的展厅二，用了白色乳胶漆、雾化镜面不锈钢等材质，the white Exhibition Hall 2, using white latex paint and fogged mirror stainless steel ©赵奕龙
▼展厅二，吊顶采用了灯膜与浅色质感涂料的组合，the Exhibition Hall 2, whose ceiling is made of the combination of the light film and tint texture paint ©赵奕龙
In order not to damage the quality of the existing exhibition space, the gallery’s office is represented by a raised mezzanine space, which includes a water bar counter and a reception room. While further dividing the space, it also guarantees privacy when socializing. In the semi-open mezzanine space, the viewer steps up and can enjoy the paintings in the mezzanine space or overlook the more open exhibition space. The mezzanine space realizes the natural circulation of indoor air without destroying the facade structure, and meets the needs of maximizing the use of the original space.
▼展厅二和挑高的夹层办公空间，the Exhibition Hall 2 and the raised mezzanine office space ©赵奕龙
▼夹层空间在不破坏立面结构的基础上，实现了室内空气的自然流通，the mezzanine space realizes the natural circulation of indoor air without destroying the facade structure ©赵奕龙
The interior materials and structures are handled in the cleanest way. Together with the simple landscaping, which can be focused on the gallery itself and the exhibits, as well as the artistic fit of the gallery and the surrounding residential and commercial areas.
▼展厅之间的过渡空间细节，室内材质与结构均以最为干净利落的方式处理，details of the transition space between the Exhibition Hall 1 and Exhibition Hall 2, the interior materials and structures are handled in the cleanest way ©赵奕龙
Project title: Taiyuan Jiechen Gallery econstruction
Project site: Jinyang Street, Xiaodian District, Taiyuan, Shanxi
Interior area: 150 sqm
Renovation: Fan Architectural Firm (FANAF)
Design team: Wan Junjie, Zhang Xu, Zhang Zhendong
Design scope: 2019.04-2019.06
Design cycle: 2019.06-2019.1
1Author: Wen Xin
Photography: Zhao Yilong