A gallery at foot of a mountainLocated at foot of Shou Mountain, Kaohsiung and have been facing change of situation between Mainland China and Taiwan from confrontation to dialogue, a military building, Kin-Ma Hotel, was built around 1960s and used for soldier to stay during vacation back from frontline, but it’s released by government today due to transformation of Kaohsiung from industrial to tourist city. So the client plans to transform Kin-Ma Hotel to a gallery, ALIEN Art Center and expect it could become an important cultural place in Kaohsiung City. The old building is always with a story, and memory is connection to cityFor us, preservation is not the best way to deal with the old building, but to run it with new urban function, because we think that’s the way to make it integrated with city system and can survive for a long time. However, layout of the military building is always symmetrical which gives a feeling of stable, but also conservative and closed that is very different from the environment of contemporary art space as known. And especially even it’s beside the mountain, but still with no intention to connect it. So basically both space is conflicting in essence, and it’s the main task for design. Considering about surroundings, we arrange public function like activity area, café, and lounge, at right-wing which is near to the mountain, and open wall at the backside to bring nature into.
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