Xie Zilong Photography Museum is built on the bank of Xiangjiang River and within the Yanghu Wetland Park in Changsha. The base is just in the visual corridor of the Wetland Park connecting the Xiangjiang River scenery belt. It is a cultural and artistic highland built by the government. The photography museum, Xiangjiang new district planning exhibition hall, which we have completed before (2009), and Li Zijian Art Museum (2016) constitutes the cultural living room of the citizens of Yanghu.
▼鸟瞰图，aerial view ©姚力
▼南向全景，south facade ©姚力
▼北立面，north facade ©姚力
▼西北向全景鸟瞰，aerial view from northwest ©姚力
▼外部坡道，exterior ramp ©姚力
▼东北向透视，view from the northeast ©姚力
▼空间与指向，space with a sense of orientation ©姚力
▼空间结构示意，spatial structure display
Based on the idea of complying with the value cognition system of “autonomy” of architecture, through the continuous research and practice of regional typology, this project explores the “archetype” in architectural ontology, and finds out the “psychological schema” behind it. In addition, with the influence of Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical painting, we were trying to find out the implicit logic behind the formal language-“type archetype-deep structure-psychological schemata” under the social prospect of pursuing splendor and representation. And will be integrated into the design of “Xie Zilong Photography Museum “.
▼“神谕之迷”——契里柯，Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical painting ©姚力
▼“空”的舞台，the stage for “void” ©姚力
▼空间的渗透，the permeation of space ©姚力
The metaphysical painting of Chirico is the meditation of eternity, through the“light and shadow”, the picture diffuses mysterious spaciousness and profundity, profound sense of tranquility. The design of the museum use the familiar objects in daily life to metaphorize and construct a maze of time stagnation, which guiding viewers to pay close attention to alienated strangeness.
▼设计手稿：光的三角，sketch: the triangle of light ©魏春雨
▼主入口，main entrance ©姚力
▼光的三角，the triangle of light ©姚力
Directed at the huge cone tower in the sky, the truncated streets suspended in mid-air, a fork in the road that leads nowhere, the cycle of reciprocation, and the mysterious ramp that staggered to look out…… Some of the elements appear many times in similar but in alienated forms, that all together create a strange feeling of time stagnation, eventually people got lost. The white warm fair-faced concrete wall makes the spatial structure of the building show the most essential neutral condition, highlighting the mystery of the material. The spatial depth gradually emerges through light and shadow, intertwined with the memory. The maze is an ambiguity metaphor that refers to the lost place as well as the fascinating and intoxicated place.
▼坡道，the ramp ©姚力
▼锥塔与街区，the cone tower and truncated street ©姚力
▼光的神性，the godhood of light ©姚力
▼有天光的地方，the space illuminated by the skylight ©姚力
▼误入，straying into the space ©姚力
▼主展厅局部，main hall detailed view ©张光
The main body of the building is one-off cast of white fair-faced in-situ concrete, no matter the wall, ceiling, ground or outdoor square, platform, trestle that only use the same material of fair-faced concrete. This construction itself is transcendent. In order to pursue the quality and performance of fair-faced concrete, a large number of samples were made in the early stage of construction. Sample wall and white concrete grading test: use high quality white cement instead of traditional Portland cement as the main gelled material, select white or light color sand as aggregator. At the same time, the active mineral admixture which has great influence on the whiteness of concrete, such as fly ash and mineral powder, is eliminated.
▼西立面，west elevation ©姚力
▼路径交汇处，the intersection of routes ©姚力
▼码头的记忆，a memory of the pier ©姚力
▼压低的水平长窗，the low ribbon window ©姚力
A series of improved tests have made the whiteness of concrete up to even exceed the international standard of 88%. It is the whitest fair-faced concrete building in the country. The image hall materials deliberately pursue white, white as a concept. It can reduce the interference of the inherent color of the material to the other components in the space and not lose the texture of the fair-concrete itself. White is still the expression of “empty” to some extent, which not only emphasizes the art in the museum, but also reserves more thinking space and possibility for the choice of art.
▼西南向透视，view from the southwest ©姚力
▼建筑主体只使用清水混凝土一种材料，the fair-faced concrete is the only material used in the main body of the building ©姚力
▼东南向透视，view from the southeast ©姚力
▼不安之旅，a restless journey ©姚力
▼并置与偏转，juxtaposition and deflection ©姚力
▼三个向度，three dimensions ©姚力
▼三片弧的对话，a dialogue among the arches ©姚力
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼2层平面图，2nd floor plan
▼3层平面图，3rd floor plan
▼4层平面图，4th floor plan
Project name: Xie Zilong Photography Museum
Architect’ Firm: Regional Studio
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Lead Architects: Wei Chunyu, ZhangGuang
Design Team: Shen Xin, Liu Haili, Chen Yun, Wen Yueming, Tong Chen,
Chen Rongrong,Xiao Min(Energy Conservation), Zhu Jianhua (Structural)
Project location: No. 387, Xiaoxiang South Road, Yuelu District, Changsha , Hunan
Completion Year: 2017.9
Gross Built Area (square meters):10622㎡
Photo credits: YaoLi, ZhangGuang
Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc):
Client: Hunan Xie Zilong Photography Museum Co., Ltd.
MEP: Institute of MEP of Hunan University Design intitute Co ., LTD
Interior Design: Changsha Shima Space Design Co., Ltd.
Landscape Architecture: SLF Landscape Architecture Co ., LTD
Lighting Design: Wuhan Chenxin Technology Development Co., Ltd. Huizhou CDN Industrial Development Co., Ltd