▼从入口望向展厅，view to the exhibition hall from the entrance
Entrusted by Xie Archi-Structure Design, NARMAL designed the exhibition hall of the Department of architecture and civil engineering of Suzhou Institute of Construction & Communications. To fulfill the function of both the exhibition hall and classroom of “prefabricated assembly building”, we use the concept of “full assembly library” to interpret this multifunctional space.
基调 | KEYNOT
The project is in Suzhou City, where classical gardening art was a great success. As a way of expressing architectural culture in the future—— assembly architecture in its exhibition hall, we use the image of Suzhou gardens to express the characteristics of new technology in cultural communication, so as to highlight the locality of this area, and also convey the sense of conflict between tradition and future.
▼概念色彩提取，concept and palette
应该装配到底 | Assemble to the end
How to design the prefabricated content with “assembly method” is the core of our design. The rational expression and perceptual elaboration of unit modules are the key points of our design for ” assembly ” design and “assembly” teaching. So far, we have put forward the design concept of “full assembly library”. Library is not only a place for knowledge storage and transmission, but also an ideal place to study and retreat. And “books” here are those words and pictures, parameterized models, multimedia, interactive experience, component applications in field, new materials, new technologies and new products, and so on. Entity or virtual body realizes the teaching effect that cannot be achieved under the conventional classroom conditions.
▼展厅内景，exhibition hall overview
Ultimately, the plane layout we designed is very simple and clear, and there is no deliberate circuitous path for visitors to explore. They see only a “wall” and a group of “tables” in the area, which seems to be “empty”, yet actually have something in it. This exhibition hall should be different from the traditional one, with a sense of future and a sense of technology. Therefore, once the Convention of exhibition boards and booths as the main display carriers has been changed, props, interfaces, exhibits and even lighting equipment have become interpreters. All elements are assembled and assembled by their respective basic unit modules, and the concept of “assembly” has been consistent in an intuitive way of “building blocks”.
展品实现装配式 | Assembly Exhibits
The teaching pattern combination lamp box of group sector transparent fireproof board is realized through a kind of material called transparent fireproof board. The daily state is mild wood surface. When the interior lighting is opened, two-dimensional codes and icons of assembly building knowledge are displayed. The icon design is based on professional fittings, construction process and connection mode of assembly building. Simply speaking, it is equivalent to the integration of a set of knowledge units. It is better to show relevant knowledge bullet points in an interesting way than to introduce them mechanically. The fan-shaped contour of the icon also implies the cultural characteristics.
▼团扇形透光防火板教学图案组合灯箱开关变化，the lamp box of group sector transparent fireproof board switching on and off
Book-style pull-out exhibition rack – picture and text information exhibition boards are arranged like books on shelves in this reading area, and the pull-out action increases the sense of ritual. It liberates most of the walls occupied by exhibition boards, saves space and changes the way of absorbing information. Each pull-out stand unit is also installed uniformly on site after the completion of the factory.
▼书册式抽拉展架，Book-style pull-out exhibition rack
道具实现装配式 | Assembled Props
Magnetism Teaching Mold Unit – This is an interactive game device specially designed for visitors. The magnetic suction teaching die can be assembled to form a specified pixelized pattern or to arrange the prefabricated process sequence, and the indicator lights will light up accordingly. The magnetic suction plate itself is also the carrier of writing and projection, which can play a role in the daily teaching scene.
▼磁吸教学模具单元，Magnetism Teaching Mold Unit
Arch-bridge-shaped exhibition table – The exhibition stand is decomposed into eight 1500*750*750h rectangular tables and two special-shaped tables, which can be combined or placed according to the use needs (there are several groups of ground inserts reserved in this area). The elevation of both sides of the exhibition table is designed as an arch bridge, which echoes the city image of Suzhou.
▼拱桥形展桌可根据使用需求更改组合方式或摆放位置，arch-bridge-shaped exhibition tables can be combined or placed according to the use needs
照明实现装配式 | Assembly Lighting
LED Magnetically Absorbed Track Lamp – There is a magnetic track between each group of pull-out booths in the reading area. Visitors can hold the corresponding LED Magnetically Absorbed Track Lamp and install it freely in any position of the track, so as to adjust the lighting requirements when consulting the exhibition board.
▼LED磁吸轨道灯变化，LED Magnetically Absorbed Track Lamp
LED borderless lamp tube – model lamp combination hangs in the central area of the exhibition hall as the visual focus. Through computer aided design, the extended trajectory is arranged into a double helix model. The LED borderless lamp itself works also as lamps and lanterns. The liberated light expands more possibilities of using lamps and lanterns . Lighting lamps and lanterns become art installations.
▼LED无边界灯管悬吊在展厅中心区，the LED borderless lamp tube – model lamp combination hangs in the central area of the exhibition hall
Wall Embedded LED Linear Lamp – Fine Linear Lamp in the wall in turn arranged to form light array, freehand garden building in the colonnade.
▼写意柱廊的墙面嵌入式LED线型灯阵列，the LED Linear Lamp was embedded in the wall to recall the traditional colonnade
▼LED线型灯细部，LED Linear Lamp detailed view
LED Linear Lamp Kick – Kick with lighting products, installation is extremely convenient, clean closure, so that the wall presents a lightweight feeling.
▼踢脚等， Skirting Lamp
意境实现装配式 | Assembled Artistic Conception
Parametric Wood Unit Taihu Stone – Another highlight of this collaboration with Xie Archi-Structure Design is a parametric design of Taihu Stone Sculpture, which simulates and reproduces the shape of Taihu Stone through the “Robot Wood” technology.
▼以参数化设计生成的太湖石雕塑，Taihu Stone Sculpture produced by a robot
“Taihu Stone” installation, as well as the “arch bridge” exhibition table, light “pillar gallery” and “group fan painting” assembly building knowledge icons introduced earlier, replaces one garden with one stone and one bridge, reappears the urban context with modern design techniques, without following the wrong standard assembly building concept. The application of new technology can not interrupt the dialogue between tradition and the present or even the future. This design leave the viewers to do the thinking.
▼传统与现在和未来对话， the dialogue among tradition, present and future
人在展厅 | People in the exhibition hall
▼工作坊纪实视频，workshop video record
When the design of the exhibition hall is completed, as a living “assembly unit” – visitors and stu-dents – what kind of interaction occurs between the exhibition hall and what kind of assembly knowledge we get in the exhibition hall is also a part of our concern. We planned an activity after the exhibition hall was completed. We recruited a teacher and seven students in the Department of architecture and civil engineering. We invited our friend, Olga Merekina, a Russian dancer, to conduct a Modern Dance Workshop for eight teachers and students to explore and discover the individual, the individual and the group, the body and space, space and time and so on，by asking such kind of “big assembly” problem, we rethink the concept of building assembly. The final assembly of the exhibition hall is therefore completed by body and mind.
▼室内细部，interior detailed view
结语 | Epilogue
Through attempts in this project, not only the prefabricated assembly building is fully expressed from the design concept, but also the time and difficulty of field operation are greatly shortened. The degree of assembly is very high, which is of practical significance. Moreover, we believe that introducing artistic activities and the broadcast of short films will make everyone who sees the assembly building have an interesting feeling and desire to understand.
▼拱桥形展桌细部，exhibition table detail
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018.11 & 2019.5
Project name: The assembly building exhibition hall of the department of architecture and civil engineering of SICC
Design: NARMAL DESIGN
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design year & Completion year: 2018.11 & 2019.5
Leader designer & Team: Gao Jie,Li Yujin,Tong Ruwei,Zou Keyang,Cheng Yuye
Project location: No.108,Zhineng Avenu,Huqiu District,Suzhou,Jiangsu
Gross Built Area(square meters): 207sqm
Photographer: Xie Dongrui
Engineering: Xie Archi-Structure Design,
Constructor: Changzhou HAIGE Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Lighting consultant: Great Lighting
Clients: Xie Archi-Structure Design
Brands/Products used in the project: sangetsu/PVC wallpaper, SUNLITE/ decorative high-pressure laminate, JSD/PC sun board