vector architects add iron mesh curtain to façade of M woods museum in beijing art district
located in the quickly developing arts district known as 798 in beijing, vector architects have recently completed the renovation of the entrance and façade of the ‘M woods museum’. taking 40 days from start to finish, the result saw a series of galvanized iron wire mesh curtains being draped across the exterior and used also in the surrounding public landscape.
all images courtesy of vector architects
the project brief called for vector architects to refine the visiting experience and distinctly create a recognizable identity of the museum’s public image. reflecting on china’s rapid development and loss of tradition and history; the focus of renovation was to rethink the urban renewal. as well as revitalizing the entrance, the small plaza in adjacent sits under the same metal mesh canopy and unifies the surrounding space with the museum. this space has quickly evolved into a resting area and children’s playground.
the iron mesh has also been used on the public spaces, seen here draped across to form a canopy over seating
‘our primary strategy is not to reform the exiting facade, but to add a layer of translucency on it. hence people are able to sense the old when they experience the new, and read the historical information of the city.’ comments vector architects. the mesh’s light weight and self-support quality, allowed for the stud works to be eliminated. in addition, translucency and reflectivity of the metal mesh turns gives the entrance façade movement and in turn, producing a dynamic a play of light and shadow.
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