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  7. Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

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Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in China, and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the Shanghai-based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

North-east side of the existing building. Image © Tianhua
North-east side of the existing building. Image © Tianhua
Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery, Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

“The power of industrial architecture shouldn’t contradict ecological elements,” stated Tianhua, who describes their process as “anti-industrial. “We shouldn’t demolish, but implant.” 

“By using this method we wanted to redefine the old factory. First by implanting the ‘yard,’ a space of ‘gathering.’ [...] We want to create a completely different and new environment, where the space and the view keeps changing as people move along the path. [...] All the ‘implanted’ elements have given new life to this old architecture. The space has been humanized and has become a ‘social living room’ for everybody."

Aerial of the designed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Aerial of the designed renovation. Image © Tianhua

When the building is finished, it will host an art gallery, a private museum, and office space, with the courtyard being used for public art exhibitions. Construction is expected to be completed by 2016.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tai'erzhuang Road, Tianjin, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Mingcheng Fu
  • Technical Director

    Peng Guan
  • Design Team

    Hongyan Zhao, Rui Chen, Xueying Pang, Ziyi Zhu, Yufeng Zhang, Ruixing Wang, Ning Li
  • Structural Engineer

    Feng Yan
  • MEP Engineer

    Jin Lu
  • Client

    Poly & SUNAC
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
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Cite: Connor Walker. "Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery" 13 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/506043/tianhua-to-transform-97-year-old-chinese-textile-mill-into-art-gallery/> ISSN 0719-8884