shanghai-based firm atelier deshaus has completed the structural renovation of a concrete industrial building in china’s zhejiang province. once the interiors are also complete, the ‘taizhou contemporary art museum’ will open as part of a new cultural destination, joining other converted factories and warehouse buildings. consequently, as the project’s centerpiece, the art museum intends to initiate a dialogue with its neighbors.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
all images by tian fangfang, courtesy of atelier deshaus

 

 

comprising eight exhibition rooms, the ‘taizhou contemporary art museum’ occupies a total construction area of 2,450 square meters (26,371 sqf). internally, a rich spatial sequence has been established with adjacent floors staggered to alleviate any sense of steepness. to illustrate the building’s current state, atelier deshaus has also commissioned chinese artist yin yi to document its raw appearance as part of a new video.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the industrial building is located in china’s zhejiang province

 

 

the distinct spatial atmosphere is further amplified through the contrast of the cast in-situ concrete and the spaces formed by the barrel vault structure. visitors will enter the building via a lobby, which adjoins an external public square. the lobby, which has been designed with the potential of hosting public events, will also include a café and art store. guests will ascend the building in a spiraling motion, before reaching the main exhibition room on the top floor. from here there will be a clear view of the nearby mountain range.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the ‘taizhou contemporary art museum’ will open as part of a new cultural destination

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the structure is surrounded by other converted factories and warehouse buildings

 

a short film made alongside artist yin yi explores the building in more detail

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the building occupies a total construction area of 2,450 square meters

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
lighting will be integrated within the barrel vault ceiling

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
a total of eight exhibition rooms will be included

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
a distinct spatial atmosphere is established internally

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the main exhibition room offers views of the nearby mountain range

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum
the building shown in context

 

 

project info:

 

name: taizhou contemporary art museum
location: shameng food warehouse, fengshan road, jiaojiang district, taizhou, zhejiang, china
floor area: 1,040 sqm /11,194 sqf
design period: may 2015 – september 2015
floors: 4
architect: atelier deshaus
principal in charge: liu yichun
design team: liu yichun, shen wen
structural engineer: zhang zhun

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