In this course training, the commission was quite challenging: Create a 900 square meter’s exhibition hall in a well-protected historical dormitory which was built in 1930s by the first Chinese modernism architect: Liu Shiying.
What a context! Right on its western side there is a new museum built by demolishing another dormitory designed by Mr. Liu, and exhibit stories of an even older ancient academy just 200 meters on the northern part of it.
The exhibition hall, however was dedicated to nothing, according to the commission. But in considering the complex neighbourhood and the historical value of the site, we tried to hide the 900m² space into the context by camouflaging its surroundings: new faces new, old faces old; functionally works and visually disappear.