The project is located in the Youhao North Road, which is an important road in the core area of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The site was formerly Xinjiang Autonomous Region International Expo Center. This project is the largest single public culture in Xinjiang since its completion. The location is adjacent to the People’s Hall of the Autonomous Region in the north and the local landmark the Kunlun Hotel, commonly known as the "Ba Lou" to the northeast.
Through the pre-design research of the project, we found that there is a "Soviet-style" building built in 1956, covering 12,000 sqm standing on the site. The structure and construction qualities were not high.
Therefore, the east facade remains the same as the original building and the newly built facade is retreated so that the original building facade can be fully presented, which fully reflects the characteristics of the original building. Limited by the size of the original building, only 4 of the 11 exhibition halls can be arranged in the original building, more exhibition space needs to be arranged in the newly built part.
In addition to the color use of the new building facade is consistent with the existing building, we also used parametric design to reshape the design of windows and walls. The outer skin realizes a reasonable window and wall transition, which is practical and stylish.
Based on the consideration of the characteristics of the project, we hope to interpret the social and public meaning of the museum through a neutral but magnificent space, and try to describe all spaces in an architectural language related to the site background. Therefore, the design conceived a completely publicized "virtual" space between new and existing buildings- the Art Street. It can accommodate all the functions of public activities so that after the project is put into actual use, it can become a place where visitors are really happy to carry out daily activities.
Taking the old building as the main space of the art gallery's exhibition, combined with the Art Street in the middle of the new building, the function of exhibition halls were arranged. The two parts of the exhibition hall have different space ratios and different exhibition experiences, which provide diverse background possibilities for artworks to display. The two parts of the exhibition space are connected by a corridor above the second floor, forming a complete circulation. The interior space was designed complicated but not chaotic when multiple artworks are blended in the same space.
In addition to the Xinjiang Art Museum and Cultural Center, the function of the project also has a number of cultural institutes such as the Xinjiang Painting Academy and the Xinjiang Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Center. It is guaranteed that there are exhibition halls and public activity spaces that are friendly open to the citizens, while also accommodating relevant institutions for academic research.
Today, the Xinjiang Art Center stands where it should be in a familiar but more innovative posture. Multiculturalism is organically combined after colliding with each other here to make the project a new art landmark which has relationship with the past.
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