vermilion zhou design group has transformed a traditional victorian-style building into ‘song art museum’ in beijing, china. deeming the original architecture as outdated, the owner sought to turn the structure and surrounding gardens into a cultural space for the public to enjoy.

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vermilion zhou design group began the renovation by removing all the decorative elements of the original building to create pure, stylized white volumes, which still follow the lines of the old structure. the final museum is formed by two large white masses connected by a glass corridor. 

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

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around the white volumes, the design team has planted 199 pine trees within the perfectly-manicured gardens. combined with the all-white architecture, the trees help create a tranquil atmosphere, which visitors can enjoy from the massive glazed gable or end façade. 

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

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the art gallery is planned over three levels: basement, first floor, and second floor. within these spaces, visitors are guided through bright and minimal exhibition areas that are filled with light thanks to soaring voids and skylights. 

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

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vermilion zhou design group says, ‘the significance of the museum’s existence is the presentation of art. as an exhibition platform, our definition of the song art museum is an ‘art container’, with ‘art’ as the mainstay and ‘container’ as the supplement, and it serves as a form that can be replicated in the future. our transformation of architecture and freedom of space offer the greatest possibilities.’

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

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‘song art museum transforms everything into geometry and purity and takes ‘non-action’ from the outside to within. what we offer is a kind of ‘clean’ existence. when ‘contemporary art’ enters various forms, they can display their vocabulary and vitality without scruples. the courtyard is surrounded by pine trees, providing the external vitality of the song art museum. the scenery becomes the breath of both the inside and outside, and the oriental freehand brushwork also becomes the natural rhythm of mutual reflection between traditional and modern architecture,’  continues vermilion zhou design group.

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © jonathan leijonhufvud

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © jonathan leijonhufvud

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © jonathan leijonhufvud

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © jonathan leijonhufvud

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © zhi xia

pine trees and pure geometric forms articulate 'song art museum' in beijing designboom

image © jonathan leijonhufvud

 

 

project info:

 

name: song art museum

location: beijing, china

client: H.BROTHERS ART

architect: vermilion zhou design group

 

design team:

creative director, lead designer: kuang ming (ray) chou

architecture design: hai shi, jing huang

interior design: garvin hung, jamie pai

lighting design: vera chu

FF&E design: mavis huang, boyuan ling

 

year: 2017

photography: zhi xia, jonathan leijonhufvud

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