designed as a permanent show gallery and tourist information center, ministry of design’s proposal for the ‘triple v gallery’ is located along the dong jiang bay coastline in tianjin, china. by stretching the gallery in three directions, the design team is able to orient it to different views and accommodate multiple uses. situated on a concrete plaza, the gallery’s zig-zag form and rugged ‘corten steel’ provides visual relief of an otherwise flat landscape. Two of the building’s upturned corners signal the entrance portals, whilst the third corner provides a view towards the seafront.

exterior view of the gallery resembles that of a sharp-prowed ship



singaporean based firm, ministry of design, sets in both plan and section, the gallery’s design to be in motion. from the outside, the building could almost be a sharp-prowed ship slicing through the plaza. On the inside, space flows gracefully from the corners to the center, where the client displays information on development for sale.

the ‘triple v gallery’ situated on a flat concrete plaza



materials are paired in contrast to each other such as ‘corten steel’ and glass on the exterior of the ‘triple v gallery’, white-oak walls and ceilings with cement floors in the interiors. as an extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. this space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter. architecturally, the building responds to the coastal setting and is finished in weather-sensitive ‘corten steel’ panels on its exterior and timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel.

timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel

the lounge area is where discussions are conducted




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