archstudio creates flexible art gallery space using folding screens in beijing
archstudio creates flexible art gallery space using folding screens in beijing
nov 05, 2015

archstudio creates flexible art gallery space using folding screens in beijing

archstudio creates flexible art gallery space using folding screens in beijing
all images © wang ning




for an art gallery located in liulichang, a famous district in downtown beijing known for its traditional stone houses that sell craftwork and antiques, local-based archstudio has designed a set of folding screens to create a flexible space that meets the requirements of the client’s art gallery. the project’s aim was to produce a floor plan where zen, nature and simple elements could coexist while maximizing the interiors under the limited existing grid. to do so, the studio referenced the folding screens that have been part of traditional chinese decoration, delivering serenity and harmony by separating and embellishing the area. 

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a private corridor-like space can be composed when closing the screens




the first floor is designed to act as a transparent exhibition hall enclosed with fixed folding screens that deliver a strong first impact when you walk in the gallery. as for the second floor, the display wall also contains the dividers, enhancing the flexible use of the space, allowing it to be open or separated into different rooms. as for the basement, a ceiling made of a soft material creates a bright enclosure just like a court, eliminating the space oppression.

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the folding screen display wall on the second floor enhances the elastic utilization of the space




the use of folding screens as a design element not only pays homage to chinese tradition but also creates a contemporary way to exhibit traditional fine art. it adds public value as well as attracts more people into the space. 

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the project’s aim was to produce a floor plan where zen, nature, and simple elements coexist

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the screens can be folded in order to create a clean and open space

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the screens have an array of wood sticks that make the structure lighter 

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the folding doors allow for different space configurations 

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a glass structure encapsulates the staircase

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the project is located in liulichang west st. in hepingmen, beijing 

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explosion view of the 3 floors

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floor plans



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