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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

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An old office building in Shanghai has been given a new life [2] as the serene Jade Art Museum. Designed by Archi-Union Architects [3], the renovation transformed a sterile office space into an innovative art museum [4], 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.

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In order to break the mold of the featureless office, Archi-Union Architects [3] inserted a curvilinear interior box [6], 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 [7]. 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 [8], Archi-Union was able to design a sleek, exact interior, cutting down on construction costs and waste.

+ Archi-Union Architects [3]

Via Arch Daily [9]


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[2] given a new life: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-church-renovated-into-modern-bookstore/

[3] Archi-Union Architects: http://www.archi-union.com/allCase.aspx

[4] art museum: http://inhabitat.com/bigs-blavand-bunker-museum-preserves-denmarks-wwii-history/blavand-bunkermuseum-big28/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=482034

[6] interior box: http://inhabitat.com/shearer’s-quarters-country-home-wins-australias-house-of-the-year/shearers-quarters-john-wardle-7/

[7] sculpture garden: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-manolo-valdes-dramatic-metal-head-sculptures-take-over-the-new-york-botanical-garden/

[8] CNC fabrication: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cnc-technology/

[9] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/328761/jade-museum-archi-union-architects/

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