STUDIO UNITS FOR ARTISTS
Beijing, People's Republic of China - 2007
The project works on two different scales that of the city and that of the architectural unit itself. When the unit is stripped from its skin it reveals the clear identity of the artist that dwells in it.
The proposal was designed having a minimal architectural character to provide an optimisation of every artist’s identity.
That is why the façades on the ground level are transparent glass plates as means to provide total openness for the exhibition area; while on the other hand, the remaining floors are covered by a translucent skin animated by pivoting louvers revealing a blurred image of the artist’s private life.
When the different facades are assembled sequentially — although having the same character which is defined by the translucent skin -- the identities of the different artists animate the façades with the diversity of life, art, motion, shadows, and animation of light.