Qiao Shao Wan Contemporary Art Center is located on one side of Qian Shao Village office. The existing buildings on site aligned as a diagonal. By using this diagonal, the parallelogram grid has an angle with the road, which leaves a wide open public space in front of the art center.
The whole building is composed as two major structures: the lower building and the above steel structure roof. These two parts of buildings create three different layers of space: first floor of interior art center space; terrace on the outdoor big roof; outdoor mezzanine between two building structures.
The lower building’s grid is a 3 meters parallelogram responding to the existing buildings with small scale space. The big roof’s grid is 6 meters parallelogram responding to a larger outdoor space. The I beam column stands in the center of lower building’s grid. The grid systems interlink each other. The big roof’s gird keeps the same logic with the lower building’s grid, yet maintains separated. This duality makes the richness and variety of the interior space, and combines two different structures together formally.
The exterior façade uses the low-budget color paint to increase the richness and difference of the form. Four different colors have been applied on different oriented facades. With the changing of sunlight, it gives different sensational experience in one day. The mezzanine space has the most dramatic sunlight shades changing in one day with different space experiences. Standing on the big roof, the broader view is seen with the total openness of the sky above the woods around.