The project is located in Fengqi Road, Gulou District, Nanjing. It is a street frontage retail in high-rise building podiums., and a single room with two floors in total. The adjacent retails are also auxiliary shops serving residential areas.
This residential area was built a decade ago during the rapid development of real estate industry.Extensive design bring lots of problems, such as the advertising board and air-conditioners are not properly positioned; the deep plan cannot meet the basic requirements for ventilation and lighting; without unified and effective management on the street facades due to different stakeholders, has led to a disorder facade combination and poor quality. According to the owner’s requirements, this shop needs to transform into a small gallery where art exhibitions could be held frequently. The biggest design challenge comes from how to create a qualified art exhibition space in such a daily living, messy street interface.
The design plan aims to solve the basic ventilation and lighting problem, to open up the shop towards the street, to provide flexible and appropriate exhibition space for the artworks, and to encourage the art audience having interactions with each other.
The façadeopening may show a full-length shop window. The passers-by can see the interior of the first-floor and second-floor galleries; white Trespa is used as the facade material. white concise mass and surrounding dark clutter background form a map-bottom relationship.
The entrance porch has been added in the first floor as a buffer zone between the urban environment and the exhibition space; the wall of the interior exhibition hall covers all the redundancies of the wall, using only black and white to highlight the exhibition content.
In order to improve the ventilation of the second floor and deep plan, the height of the office space in the north entrance hall and the south side has been added to make sure the better air circulation in the north-south direction between the first and second floor. At the same time, the higher space hunt exhibition activities at the second floor.