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Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA

  • 01:00 - 4 October, 2009
Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA
Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA, © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Songzhuang town,Tongzhou distant,Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Building area

    2,000 sqm
  • Client

    Xiaopu village government
  • Program

    Cultural Center
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Located on an irregular former industrial lot in the well known art village Songzhuang, Xiaopu Cultural Center is a multi-functional complex including exhibition galleries, five residency artist studios, exhibition workshop, art shop, and administration.

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

The diverse programs are unified through a Tangram layout adapting to the site, while vertically distributed into dual-levels: the public program on the ground level as a compact volume with courtyards, and the private working area occupies the upper level with individual studios allowing a view traveling across the red-tiled roofscape of this typical northern Chinese village.

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

The Tangram layout creates an intersection of studios and double-height galleries. This visual connection allows the juxtaposition of art production and presentation.

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

The exterior corrugated metal are not only to fit into the tight budget but also to keep a touch of the former industrial context.

The transformation from industry into culture facility will become catalyst for bringing new possibilities for local community.

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
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?What you know about it · September 13, 2010

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archilocus · November 25, 2009

@oscar falcón lara: which concept? turning some shapes 45degrees?
@Lh: I agree with yu, chinese buildings do not necessarily need to "seem" chinese, but japanese, swiss or dutch are very good at making architecture which seems to be japanese, swiss or dutch. Perhaps we should try more to question ourself about our architectural identity rather than all doing the same things in different contexts, cultures and climate...

Lh · November 25, 2009

Always makes me laugh when people say buildings don't look 'Chinese'. What do you want, red roofs and timber columns on every building or else it will be labelled as lacking culture? Does every building in England look British? Every building in America American? etc etc

Bana alkhateeb · November 25, 2009

The building doesnt look "chinnese" . out of context and the irregular plan is a bit disturbing.

Alim Aminirad · October 27, 2009


Gary · October 06, 2009

can anyone shed some light on me as to why is that window oriented towards the wall? might it be due to the $50,000 finishes on it? no, i do not think so.

Tuf-Pak · October 06, 2009

This Art Is Fresh!

oscar falcón lara · October 06, 2009

Oh wow, this is very cool. The presentation materials are fantastic, and the concept well, it's not without it's down sides but I think it's a winner. Great !

anshushang · October 06, 2009

formalistic approach without architectural intention. what we can expect and we actually get is strangeness that is not very astonishing nor inspiring. the lack of intention also explains the absence of tectonic.details don't have to be story-telling if there is now story but arbitrary volumetric games. the mentality of this kind of design is architectural nihilism that shows the impotence of the architect to establish meaningful connections with the society. she chooses to retreat from the cultural frontier, indulges herself in making pretty architectual photograghs.

RT · October 07, 2009 02:19 AM

I agree! The only thing i found interesting is the diagram; however, the architect didn't derive either the bldg's form or connections from the puzzle piece, rather just throw all the geometric blocks and made a mess.

arnold · October 05, 2009

is it Germany? Netherlands? Finland? Sweden? Denmark?.. NO! It's China! :-)

hbchbc · October 05, 2009 07:49 PM

Oh yes, boy, you are gonna see more and more China. So get ready.... Don't be surprise next time.

archilocus · October 05, 2009

I won't discuss the 45 degrees angles.. I like the first mystic picture, but did no one show those guys how ugly such glass facades become after 5 years ? Humidity starts to leave marks at connections to floor and where the ceiling goes behind the glass panels...

Frank · October 05, 2009

That is rude, dude. Haha. It should be deleted before everyone understands it. Very funny.

QFWFQ · October 05, 2009



RT · October 07, 2009 02:15 AM


Ala · October 05, 2009

I don't know who started the "scattered planning" strategy. The first one I saw is one of OMA projects(FONDATION PINAULT, FRANCE, PARIS, 2001). Then I started to see that in other's work, such as BIG and a few others that I fail to recall, and now DnA. Does anyone know anything earlier than OMA's?

Ill · November 26, 2009 11:05 PM

Gehry also did some of that in his Winton Guest House - but I guess you could follow that path through the entire history - from Scharoun http://www.montag-stiftungen.c... to Villa Hadriana - and surely to the beginning of architecture. I don't really know if it's especially popular nowadays but ... Sanaa, Sou, Chipperfield in Barca....

Ala · October 05, 2009 10:14 AM

Thought I should clarify what I meant. I did not mean to say that others are stealing the idea of "scattered planning." What I meant is the chaotic looking planning strategy is becoming a typology. And I am just wondering who first got that idea. It is like the "spiral ramp" libraries that are increasingly popular these days. But someone has started first before the idea becomes a typology.

lulu · October 05, 2009

funny,like a kind of chinese toy,a seven-piece puzzle

sfrulz · November 25, 2009 04:44 AM

yeah, i think that's what it's based on according to the last diagram


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