SPSI Art Museum is located at Shanghai Changning District, No.111 Jinzhu Road, extended from the structure of original service building of Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute.
On 19th October 2010, the museum has finished its construction and had the first exhibition
—- Modern Art Works Marsaille.
The thinking of architectural design of SPSI Art Museum is to start from environment and architecture itself, and to find the result during the process of answering the basic architectural questions. The final result even surprised our-selves. The effect of its volume, space, material and structure has touched us deeply, which turns out to be a kind of pure power.
Design of new Art Museum has set up clear volume parallel to the street and cancelled the fences,
in order to create complete open entrance space between the city and building, which is much
more reachable and public.
Like a polygon form stone lies the Museum along Jinzhu Road, calm and angular, simple but powerful, which rescues people from decorating facade of neighborhood. The wall between Museum and its neighbor East Center had to be remained. A piece of alone standing wall cannot form the feeling of volume, which is uncoordinated to the Museum main volume. We decide to continue the wall back into the main body of Museum, so that it creates a impressive entrance space and at the same time a nice inside garden, which supplies good view for the VIP room on the first floor.
Smoother the surfaces are, clearer the volume become and purer the space appear. To the interior, smooth wall inside-surfaces create pure interior space, while to the city, smooth wall outside-surfaces definite clear open spaces. So we abandon all decoration on both sides of wall, try to create the atmosphere of pure spaces, in order to highlight the art works at the same time.
The stair space looks like a long square form cover hanging from the ceiling. It is regarded as a natural part of interior building structure growing down from above. Stairs flies down directly on the ground, without any other structure support, which makes itself look like a piece of sculpture work.
The top of handrail has been designed as a 45 degree tri-angle form, in order to minimize the width of the cover, which make it looks very light, as if the cover is made of paper. The feeling of an abstract surface appears when the width disappears.
we finally choose the concrete as the facade material. Due to the tiny difference of the conditions when every piece produced, the color and texture of each piece appear different, look like stones, natural and live.
The protective agent on the concrete panel surface protect the concrete against the corrosion of sour rain or climate atmosphere. Every concrete panel is round 3 meters long 2 meters high, has a kind of public temperament. At the building corner, L-form panel stack above each other like jigsaw, which make the whole volume look heavier and stronger.
The color of stainless steel panel seems coordinated with the concrete wall, and has a little metal reflection effect under the sunlight. From the front people can observe the things behind ambiguously. The light thin transparent texture feeling contrasts to the heavy thick solid character of concrete panel very much, but seem coordinated to both.
The grid of concrete panel curtain wall cast on the water-brushed stone ground, in order to form a grid net of 1 cm bride stainless steel. The size of both of grids are similar, exactly meet each other at the corner of ground and facade, just like shadow following its volume; the grid of stainless steel follows the slope of the ground, up and down. When it hits the 50 cm high low-wall, it just climbs over like the shadow. The severe construction relationship of different materials has united different elements as one body under the same construction logic, each of it cannot be separated.
The whole design work starts totally from location and the concrete conditions of the building itself, abandoning the design method derived from other relative subjects such as imaging, informatics, sociology, psychology etc. Today, when many architects seeking answer by studying other subject, we still stick on the architectural thinking itself and believe that it is already charming enough.