The caves were some of the earliest museums and galleries, as they housed the earliest transmitted art in the form of cave paintings.
An arch is a structural representation of a cave, and we used this element in the design of the Hongkun Museum in Beijing as a way to connect traditional elements with a contemporary interpretation.
The Hongkun Museum was our first major cultural project, and the space was designed to create a playful and immersive cave-like experience using a series of arches and counter-arches.
The design incorporates ancient elements, such as the idea of the cave as a home and gallery, and interprets them in a contemporary way to create a unique and engaging space for showcasing art.
The arches and counter-arches create a welcoming and inviting entrance ribbon that guides visitors into the gallery. They also connect the gallery to the auditorium, providing a formal expression of this element throughout the space.
Overall, the design of the Hongkun Museum is a tribute to the heritage of the cave as a cultural and artistic space, while also offering a modern and innovative interpretation of this traditional element. The result is a unique and engaging space that celebrates both tradition and culture, while also embracing a contemporary aesthetic.