Hong­kun Muse­um of Fine Arts

A pro­ject by pen­da


Loca­ted on the eas­tern 3rd ring road in Bei­jing, the white exte­rior of the Hong­kun Art Gal­le­ry works a sculp­tu­ral focal point for the area. Ent­e­ring the gal­le­ry through an ope­ning in the mono­li­thic faca­de, the arch-like cur­ves con­ti­nue to the inte­rior and gent­ly mer­ge into a clean white space for exhi­bi­t­ing the art­works. The open are­as in the gal­le­ry offer a wide space for the­med exhi­bi­ti­on, while the gent­ly cur­ved ent­ran­ce part draws peop­le into the space and gui­des them natu­ral­ly fur­ther into the gal­le­ry.

The arc its­elf is a shape which origins  from a cave. The cave is the birth — place for art and archi­tec­tu­re. And it has been used for thousands of years as a trans­mit­ter for art and histo­ry. The­re­for we tried to find a new con­nec­tion from the tra­di­ti­on to a modern way to exhi­bi­ti­on art.

The solid expres­si­on of the exte­rior con­ti­nu­al­ly mer­ges with a car­ved out inte­rior and increa­ses the sculp­tu­ral appearan­ce of the gal­le­ry. Mul­ti­ple arches alte­ring in size and ori­en­ta­ti­on crea­te a con­ti­nuous, gent­le cur­ve which beco­mes a sculp­tu­ral inter­pre­ta­ti­on of the land­s­cape pain­tings, that are exhi­bi­ted in the gal­le­ry.

Wit­hin the arches, the ent­ran­ce sculp­tu­re inha­bits an infor­ma­ti­on desk, a coatroom and the main cir­cu­la­ti­on stair­ca­se, which gui­des visi­tors to the base­ment with a spe­cial exhi­bi­ti­on hall and employees to the office area loca­ted on the mez­za­ni­ne level.

 Pro­ject: Hong­kun Muse­um of Fine Arts
Archi­tec­ts: pen­da
Pro­jec­t­team: He Quan, Min­xue Sun, Dayong Sun, Chris Precht
Ligh­t­ing and Muse­um Con­sul­tant: Jing Ai
Pro­jec­t­lo­ca­ti­on: No.42, West Dawang Road, Chaoyang District, Bei­jing, 100022
Pro­jec­tarea: 1400sqm on 2 floors
Pro­ject star­ted: End of Octo­ber 2013
Gal­le­ry ope­ned: Begin­ning of Decem­ber 2013
Pho­tor­aphs: Xia Zhi


pen­da was estab­lished 2013 by Chris Precht (for­mer office Precht­Eck) and DAyong Sun (pe and da = pen­da). Our stu­di­os are inter­na­tio­nal­ly loca­ted in Vien­na and Bei­jing.

We see archi­tec­tu­re as a state­ment that always starts with ques­ti­ons about the con­tent and the con­text, about iden­ti­ty, den­si­ty and the com­mu­ni­ty of a spe­ci­fic site. That is why we tre­at each and every pro­ject in a uni­que and fresh way and the­re­for the out­co­me is always cos­tum-made.

We try to under­stand archi­tec­tu­re as an pro­fes­si­on of inter­wo­ven disci­pli­nes and con­se­quent­ly deve­lop an inno­va­ti­ve visi­on for soci­al, func­tio­n­al and for­mal issu­es, that will crea­te some­thing mea­ning­ful for the cli­ent while con­tri­bu­ting to the com­mu­ni­ty.

We love what we do, we are pas­sio­na­te about archi­tec­tu­re and deve­lop every pro­ject with the utter­most dedi­ca­ti­on.


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