The Masters Art Museum is located between Shenzhen and Dongguan, within a newly developed cultural and design district, where regional design brands are promoted, and test operates. National renowned artists and fashion designers had already setup their work studio and held exhibitions in this development.
The Masters Art Museum is an effort to create a more unified exhibition space for these inhouse artists, and also to act as a day-to-day common living room for them to interact, communicate and ‘cross-over’ their ideas. Our architectural design is rather simple, through articulation of the space planning and a building envelope that is responsive to the qualities of daylighting and outdoor environment, we hope to create a comfortable and relaxed space that is close to everyday living.
Extended Spatial Experience
At first sight, the Masters of Art Museum feels like a self-enclosed architecture, but in fact it is not. The separation between interior and exterior is designed to be blended experientially, the outdoor is carefully infused into the indoor spaces.
Starting the journey from a quiet lane stepping up, walking across the reflection pond, the entrance approach is carefully articulated, streaks of natural light pierce into the vestibule through a metal screen, holding the moment of entry in suspense. Passing through the screen door, a central courtyard comes in view, the minimalist landscape connects the visitors through the light well, directly to the sky, momentarily expanded the spatial perception.
Going back inside to the main exhibition hall, the double height volume and the south-facing high windows, allow abundance of sunlight to enter, while the low windows let the outdoor landscape creeps into the hall, letting visitors enjoy the artwork in an almost natural outdoor environment setting.
The adjacent 3D digital theatre, on the other hand, is a relatively controlled environment, through 3D projections and digital lighting in a pitch-dark room, the visitors are submerged in the artists’ limitless imagery world. When the show ends and the panel doors slide open, the confined space is instantly freed. Once again, the visitors found themselves viewing back into the entryway reflection pond.
Living Space at Night
During the night, activities retreat internally, the bar lounge on ground floor is fit for larger group gathering. This space is designed with the courtyard as its background, artists can gather around the bar counter for a casual evening chat, while viewing the night closing in from the courtyard.
For better privacy, artists can walk up one floor through a floating stair above a smaller reflective pond to a private lounge room, where the artists can walk out to the roof deck, have an intimate conversion, and gaze back at the district and the architecture.