Two into one

Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

First new construction in Jimei New City to become arts centre

The Two is one of the first buildings constructed in the Jimei New City District. The site is dominated on all sides by new construction, noise and visual chaos. The building is designed for two uses: once development of the surrounding residential and commercial areas is complete the building will transition from the developer's sales office into a community arts facility. It can be seen from the towers beyond as a piece of sculpture resting in a park.

An entry through a garden removes one from the hustle of the city. Six-metre-tall asymptotic walls of honed black basalt guide visitors along a calming path while screening undesirable views of adjacent buildings and construction. These walls create a sense of compression toward the entry, before releasing visitors into the open interior space.

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