FUNFUN GALLERY 放放 空间艺术馆
The project FUNFUN Gallery is situated in Silian 166 Creative Park, which is repurposed from the former Hangzhou Silk Printing and Dyeing Factory launched in 1956. As one of the first cultural & creative parks in Hangzhou, Silian 166 retains strong characteristics of industrial heritages in the 1950s, featuring a single-pitched roof, cement trusses and high daylighting windows.
For this project, the client requested more possibilities of spatial use.The project is positioned as an integrated exhibition space, available for various art and cultural exhibitions as well as creative markets by providing multimedia exhibition facilities and services, and also a unique cafe, which offers a gathering and socializing venue. Meanwhile, the client hoped to create more possibilities for the space's future operation and extension.
Based on the client's diverse design requirements and the existing conditions of the industrial building with expansive trusses, the designers decided to take "folding" as the spatial design strategy. While retaining the magnificent structures of the original building, the design team defined new boundaries suitable to social relations in the current context.
The design team set the slanting ramp at the center of the plane, to soften the boundaries between functional areas. This folded structure becomes a medium that connects the interior and outside, upper and lower spaces.
Compared to stairs, the ramp is less efficient in connecting spaces at different heights, but effectively extends the emotional experience. The long ramp creates a playful moving experience. It offers a slow ascending experience, and gives people the feeling of diving down when moving downwards due to inertia.The ramp design effectively guides users' behaviors, and also meets the practical needs for moving large equipment upwards or downwards used for exhibitions when necessary.
The design team took into consideration the perspectives of customers, operators, visitors, cleaners and even passers-by, to conceive a clear flexible layout.
The turning boundaries become a rational way to express emotions in the space.