Penda Architects try to understand architecture as a profession of interwoven disciplines and consequently develop innovative visions for social, functional and formal issues, creating something meaningful for the client while contributing to the community. Their Hongkun Art Gallery is a perfect example of this.
Located in Beijing, the white exterior of the Gallery immediately introduces a sculptural focal point. Upon entering the gallery through an opening in the monolithic facade, the arched curves continue to the interior and gently merge into a clean white space. It is in this space that the artworks can be exhibited, with a simplistic and plain backdrop that allows for the artwork itself to have a striking impact. Additionally, the open areas in the gallery offer a wide space for themed exhibitions.
The gently curved entrance draws viewers into the space and guides them naturally further into the gallery. The solid expression of the exterior continually merges with a carved out interior and increases the sculptural appearance of the gallery. Multiple arches altering in size and orientation create a continuous, gentle curve which becomes a sculptural interpretation of the landscape paintings that are exhibited in the gallery.
Within the arches, the entrance sculpture inhabits an information desk, a cloakroom and the main circulation staircase, which guides visitors to the basement. Here there is a special exhibition hall. The stairs also guide the gallery employees to the office area located on the mezzanine level.