MOD designs the Triple V Gallery for China's largest developer
Designed as a permanent show gallery & tourist information centre for Tianjin city, MOD’s dramatic design for this 750-sq-m building has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline. The client, Vanke, is China's largest developer and their program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information centre, a show gallery & a lounge for discussions. Requiring their own entrances, the tourist centre and the show gallery had to be orientated towards separate existing pedestrian pathways and also operated independently. The scope included architecture, landscape and interior design.
Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters. The solution merged structure, sculpture and space into a single form - resulting in the Triple V Gallery’s triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form. By stretching it in three directions, the architects were able to orientate it to different views and accommodate a trio of uses. Sitting on a concrete plaza, the gallery immediately grabs one's attention with its dramatic zig-zag form and rugged Corten steel shell. Upturned corners engage visitors by letting them look inside and see what is going on and the combination of weathered steel and clear glass introduces an additional tectonic layer to the building's triangulated geometry.
In both plan and section, the design sets the gallery in motion. From the outside, the building seems to be a sharp-prowed ship slicing through the plaza. On the inside, space flows gracefully from the corners to the centre, where the client displays information on the tourism activities available in Tianjin city and the neighbouring residential development. Materials are paired in contrast to each other such as Corten steel and glass on the exterior of the Triple V Gallery, white-oak walls and ceilings with cement floors in the interiors. An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter.