Excerpt: Suiyue Art by DA Integrating Limited is an interior design undertaking for an art venue that tells the tale of Chengdu’s enduring artistic life. To make the new space grow from the old structure using a minimalist approach, the designers developed the notion of “bamboo” growing from the ground in consideration of the negative conditions of too many columns and too long passages on the project site.
[Text as submitted by architect] As a hub of Sichuan-style art, Chengdu has witnessed a group of outstanding artists such as He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, and Zhang Xiaogang emerge at the end of the last century. Yulin Road, a gathering place for contemporary artists, has bred avant-garde artistic and fashionable lifestyles. As a part of the local cultural cluster, Suiyue Art finds its new location in an old office building from the 1980s on Fangcao West Street. DA INTEGRATING created a brand-new art space reduced to 400 square meters from the original 1,500-square-meter gallery.
Considering the unfavorable conditions of too many columns and too long passages on the project site, the designers proposed the concept of “bamboo” emerging from the ground to make the new space grow from the old building through a minimalist approach.
A blending of old and new, deconstruction and reorganization: Inspired by the artworks of the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude, the pure white facade blends with the old building to sculpt the texture of time. As a homage to the surrounding environment, the design integrates into the city and coexists with the community. Like an enframed scene, the entrance constantly records everyday life in Chengdu.
The long passageway becomes a joyful art gallery tour after renovation. Regarding the planning of circulation, the display window art gallery is on the ground floor, the stepped art gallery is on the second floor, and the installation gallery is on the third floor. The theme of “bamboo stem” went through the entire space, rhythmically distributed in the details in the passageway and lighting.
Intervening and extending, inclusive and diversified: By exploring the infinite possibilities of the art space, the designers arranged the layout through interspersion and connection to dissolve the original columns. As a medium connecting the environment and nature, the openings in the wall extend the internal space infinitely, introducing the sunshine of the four seasons and birdsong into the interior.
To organize the relationship between lighting, benches, columns, and exhibits, the design team extended the concept of the bamboo stem in the vertical sheet-like lighting after careful consideration, achieving the balance of functionality and aesthetics with strict spacing and proportion. The wires and pipes hide above the ceiling, where the ceiling track is combined with the lighting skillfully, leaving more possibilities for the exhibition and making traditional Chinese art complement contemporary art creations. The wood floor breaks the cold stereotype of an art gallery, while the white bench provides a place for parent-child communication, viewing, and rest.
Natural sequence, hazy light, and shadow: The curator’s office is a mixed-use room serving as a collection gallery, VIP reception area, and tearoom. The bamboo screen installation draws inspiration from the hazy and transparent techniques of Chinese watercolor paintings, expressing the imaginary and real changes in the entire space subtly. As light casts through the green glass, the space is infused with flowing and changing light and shadow.
As a local senior art platform operating for over a decade, SUIYUE ART has integrated art into the community, continuing to specialize in the public culture field and telling the story of eternal art life in Chengdu.