Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners

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Architect: Chiasmus Partners
Location: Beijing,
Principal Architect: James Wei Ke, Hyunho Lee
Project Team: Oscar Ko, Gu Yun Duan, Feng Bo
Client: Beijing Modern Dance Company
Program: Performance Hall, Practice Hall, Saloon
Project years: 2008-2009
Photographer: Chiasmus, Jenny Hung

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Located in the historic DongCheng district of Beijing, the project calls for a conversion of old factory complex into a dance center with a performance hall, a practice hall and a saloon.

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With the intention to emphasize the public character of the new dance center, the concept was to make the courtyard an outdoor “theater” – a public space that would revitalize the complex, the hutong and its neighborhood.

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By wrapping the old factory building with evenly-spaced-out tubing, the façade of the performance hall was perceived as a theater stage. The old white door in the middle was kept and untouched, telling the history of the building’s transformation.

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The white floating box opposite to the performance hall is a saloon which was perceived as box seats overlooking the stage on the side. At the same time, people in saloon are also being seen upon entering the complex. There is a blurred boundary between stage and seats. The relationship between seeing and being seen are constantly reversed.

Cite: "Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners" 03 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=39507>

8 comments

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    Love the idea of recycling a building and allowing it to evolve into something new without erasing its history. That old door really gives this place a special character. I wish more buildings in decay would be put to this ideal. very inspiring

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    我记得本身的红色不是这样的。这是一个图像化的,PS化了的建筑时代。建筑存在的感动仅仅停留在图像上。本身它没有什么值得说的,和感动的。

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    i have been there. it is a very superfacial shallow design to my perspective. nothing worth to be celebrated.

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