German Architect Ole Scheeren of Beijing-based Buro Ole Scheeren has been working with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and Chinese planning authorities to create the Guardian Art Center pictured above, just two blocks from the Forbidden City. The Guardian Art Center will be the new headquarters for the China Guardian, the oldest art auction house, and is scheduled for completion in early 2017.
Ole Scheeren: Fusing Ancient History & Modern Times
According to the designers the project:
“fuses history and tradition with a contemporary vision for the future of a cultural art space.The ‘pixelated’ volumes of the lower portion of the building subtly refer to the adjacent historic urban fabric, echoing the grain, color and intricate scale of Beijing’s hutongs, while the upper portion of the building responds to the larger scale of the surrounding contemporary city. This floating ‘ring’ forms an inner courtyard to the building and further resonates with the prevalent typology of the courtyard houses in Beijing.”
The following slideshow is courtesy www.buro-os.com:
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