Someone once said: “Contemporary art is about a marginalized group of people who are shut in a place where others can visit their marginalized lifestyle.” Some other people said: “This group is a microcosm of society full of various elements and all kinds of conflicts, where you can see what you want to see.” In the era of rapid development, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been developing with the changing times. However, what has never been changed so much is design, which is the most highlighted memory point for the brand.
▼建筑外观，external view of UCCA ©史云峰
从2007年开始就坐落在798核心区域的厂房建筑群中的UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心，至今已经成为了北京艺术中心的标志性重要地点。UCCA成立之前，建筑空间位于原国营第七九八厂，并以“大窑炉”的名称为人所知。从2007年至今，UCCA经历了建筑师让-米歇尔·维勒莫特(Jean-Michel Wilmotte)；马清运；建筑师张永和及“非常建筑”工作室；建筑师库哈斯（Rem Koolhaas）及OMA（Office for Metropolitan Architecture）建筑事务等诸多设计师想法的叠加。
Since 2007, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been housed in factory chambers in 798 core area, and it has become an iconic and important spot of art center in Beijing. Before its founding, the original building space is used by the state-owned 798 factory, known as the “big kiln”. Since 2007, the architecture design of UCCA has had the mixed ideas of famous architects, including Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Qingyun Ma, Yung Ho Chang – the principal architect of FCJZ, Rem Koolhaas and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture).
▼室内变化，transformation of the interior space
▼UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心全新视觉系统视频，UCCA Center for Contemporary Art New vision system video ©BMD设计机构，Bruce Mau Design
Design Applicability to Time
In the early 2018, CUN DESIGN was commissioned to renovate the interior of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. The work mainly includes the UCCA office renovation and UCCA Kids. After analyzing and categorizing space from the second to fourth floor of UCCA, CUN DESIGN designed a new layout based on the existing space, so as to improve the locality of brand culture. The latest UCCA VI system was used to copy the plan scale and apply it to the spatial scale.
▼儿童艺术中心入口，entrance of the kids center ©史云峰
As an integration of physical, spiritual and social space, a white palette goes through the whole space according to its comprehensive character and unique cognitive perspective. Based on the original steel structure of building, the space shape can precisely let the curve extend and form an arched corridor, which becomes the most frequently used space, thus forming the relationship between visitor and space.
▼以白色为主色调的室内空间，结合原有建筑结构设置拱形走廊，interior space in white tone, arched corridor corresponded to the original steel structure ©史云峰
Design Concession to Function
建筑的二层为UCCA 儿童艺术中心，面向2-11 岁儿童,旨在通过引导儿童对艺术的感知、思考、创造及表达，全面开发他们的知行体系，使他们用一种全新的艺术视角来处理自我与外界的关系。每一层的走廊都贯穿了整层的行为动线，优先所需功能的丰富度，优化各功能的体验品质。
UCCA Kids is on the second floor, open for children aged from 2 to 11 years old. It aims to fully develop their knowledge system by guiding children’s perception, thinking, creation and expression of art, so that they can use a new artistic perspective to handle the relationship between the self and outside world. The corridors on each floor run through the entire behavioral lines, prioritizing the richness of required functions and optimizing the quality of experience for each function.
▼儿童艺术中心大厅，lobby of the kids center ©史云峰
The parents’ waiting area is shaped by UCCA VI system. There are 11 parent-child and children’s education classrooms set on the left and right sides. Each classroom has architectural privacy to form educational independence while integrated in the entire large space. The restraint and concession of design leaves children with a more simple and inclusive space to imagine.
▼白色走廊，两侧设置私密教室，white corridor with private classroom on the two sides ©史云峰
No direct light source is used in the entire space, and all the light on the second floor comes from the diffuse light source, which is selected for the sake of children’s health.
▼空间中没有直射光源，the space is illuminated by diffuse light source ©史云峰
The designer specially created a prop module that can be used for a variety of classes. It consists of four components of different lengths and connection fittings. Using a synergistic approach, it is free to extend and shorten according to actual needs.
Design Coordination to Office System
The third and fourth floors belong to the UCCA office area. In this office design, CUN DESIGN inserted office modules based on the use of data, providing the relationship between different job requirements, permissions, roles, interviews, and the hierarchy of role, as well as collaborative work, and so on.
▼办公区前台，reception of the office area ©史云峰
The corridor has a brand culture and a staff leisure area. Despite the levelling constraints, each local space is opened, allowing seamless cooperation between different spaces. Each space cleverly connects another one in different forms, allowing employees, investors, and visitors to walk freely in a space with clear vision.
▼走廊，设有包含品牌文化的长椅，corridor with benches decorated with patterns of the brand ©史云峰
对于办公空间，会发现整个办公环境里这么多人，会产生很多不同的行为。设计师提出一个概念，叫做 “空间调色（Palette of Place）”，把整个公司看做一个整体的环境，里面要能支持各种各样的办公行为，每一个微环境都是要有特殊的功能去支持的。
It can be found that so many people are in an entire workplace, and undoubtedly, there will be many different behaviors. So, the designer proposed a concept called “Palette of Place”, which regards a company as a whole environment. According to this concept, the environment must support a variety of office activities, and every micro-environment must support a specific function.
▼开放办公区，open work space ©史云峰
▼会议室，meeting room ©史云峰
The initial mission of design was to liberate staff from “eight hours of work” in a designated space. In fact, plenty of knowledge workers need to move in working hour. Most of time, they are not at desk. A study found that the most efficient workers haven’t been at office for a quarter of working time. They are either in a meeting or informally communicating and working outside, even at an event. Therefore, the space provides different combinations of furniture to support the working conditions of different types of work.
▼录音室，recording room ©史云峰
▼私人空间，private space ©史云峰
For the Art Workshop in Beijing
▼阳光倾泻而入的崭新空间，a new space with light from large windows
The design of UCCA is more like an internal adjustment of this “art workshop”, so that it can intervene in people’s urban life with a unique identity, turning its time and skill into productivity.
No matter it is workplace or children’s art center, it is design for people. Space design is to activate nature, but the part with cultural output is the most important. Standing here, as time passes by, when the sunlight is pouring into the space through the large windows, the old is completely old, and the new is completely new, the present and future being cohered in the same space. This is the new dress for UCCA made by CUN DESIGN, Salute.
▼空间激活艺术，space to active art ©史云峰
项目面积：办公空间 1200 ㎡，儿童教育空间720 ㎡
Project name: UCCA Office and UCCA Kids
Design: CUN DESIGN
Proprietor: UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
Project location: 798 in Beijing, China
Project area: UCCA Office 1200 ㎡, UCCA Kids: 720 ㎡
Chief designer: Cui Shu, Liu Xiaoyu, Zhao Ya
Participating designers: Li Danyang, Zou Chenglin, Jiao Yunqi
Project completion: April, 2019
Main materials: Mirror plane, steel, wood veneer, wooden floor, white floor tiles
Photographer: Shi Yunfeng, Tiana