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Archi-Union Architects Renovates Drab Shanghai Office into Curvilinear Jade Art Museum
Posted By Lori Zimmer On February 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Green renovation | No Comments
An old office building in Shanghai has been given a new life  as the serene Jade Art Museum. Designed by Archi-Union Architects , the renovation transformed a sterile office space into an innovative art museum , while still keeping the original structural limits. Angular interior walls turn the functional feeling of the office into a dynamic and creative place to display and interact with art.
In order to break the mold of the featureless office, Archi-Union Architects  inserted a curvilinear interior box , which sweeps from room to room. The cool concrete curves hug the space, creating an intimate place to experience the museum’s collection. The curves join together to form a twisting staircase that brings visitors from floor to floor.
The resulting space is both minimalist and inviting, and it creates a blank slate for art appreciation. The property is centered around a courtyard, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow light to flood into an indoor sculpture garden . A reflecting pool disperses daylight in the sitting and meeting place. Other areas of the museum are more cavern-like – visitors can follow dark tunnels that are illuminated only by display lights, which add drama to the presentation.
The geometric folding interior was created using a 3D modeling program and digital fabrication. By using CNC fabrication , Archi-Union was able to design a sleek, exact interior, cutting down on construction costs and waste.
Via Arch Daily 
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