Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners

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Architect: Chiasmus Partners
Location: Beijing, China
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.

Old factory
Old factory

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.


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.


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 28 May 2015. <>
  • leogar

    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

  • laly

    Red Diamond,best design

  • nindya

    a like the old building.

  • novan

    respect to heritage building…

  • Gorgos

    So… is this a duck or a decorated shed? ;)

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  • chicago_g

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

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