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.
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.
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.
The exhibition space mainly uses black and white, forming a series relationship in color, which can better highlight the display content. 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. 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.
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.
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. The first exhibition hall is made of a combination of black metal mesh and black aluminum plate. . The overall space style is harmonious and unified, which also allows the viewers to pay more attention to the exhibits in the gallery.
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.