Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners

Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners

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Text description provided by the architects. 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.

Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners - Windows, Facade
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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.

Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners - Facade, Windows, Courtyard
© Chiasmus

By wrapping the old factory building with evenly-spaced-out steel 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.

Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners - Chair, Courtyard
© Chiasmus

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.

Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners - Windows, Brick, Facade
© Chiasmus

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Address:Beijing, China

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Cite: "Red Diamond / Chiasmus Partners" 03 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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