Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

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Architects: Approach Architecture Studio
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Liang Jingyu
Art Director: Lu Qiong
Design Team: Peng Xiaohu, Zhao Ning, Li Honglei, Yang Jieqing, Zhou Yuan, Gu Wei
Engineers: Beijing Jiuyuan Tri-Star Architects Partnership
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

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Iberia Center for Contemporary Art is a re-development project located in the 798 art district, Beijing. The original site was composed by a group of industrial buildings, The biggest one is around 1000 square meters area with 8 to 11 meters ceiling height.

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The concept of the re-development is to convert these separated buildings into an integrated art exhibition space while keeping the industrial appearance as much as possible. A 50-meter-long brick wall was introduced to the street interface in order to join the 3 old individual buildings into one single continuing façade. The new façade, however, is not completely replacing the old façades, rather, interacting with the old one by its shape and tectonic concept.

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The interior wall was preserved while a few new function boxes were inserted into the lofty space. Besides the exhibition space, it has offices, library, auditorium, café, art shop, etc.

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