The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD) designed the Shuyang Art Gallery.

Located in Shuyang, Jiangsu province, the hometown of traditional calligraphy, UAD‘s latest architectural project is positioned as a calligraphy art gallery in order to display and inherit Shuyang’s distinctive calligraphic style. The architectural concept refers to the most fundamental colors of Chinese calligraphy: black, white, and red from rice-paper, brush-pen, and seal. Furthermore, the shapes of the building are inspired by Zheng Banqiao’s calligraphic style as a response to the ideological and practical work, the light and heavy, and the opening and closing of the calligraphy through controlling the size of the building, space, and the contrast of the materials. Please read more below.

View from the street.
View from the street.

Shuyang Art Gallery’s largest exhibition hall has been designed with a red-bricked exterior wall. It resembles a condensed seal printed on an elegant scroll of ink and wash. The way of cutting the corner through the arc surface gives the building its iconic character while forming a unique lasting appearance.

Facade texture and cambered surface.
Facade texture and cambered surface.

The ink volume has been painted with dark grey fluorocarbon paint. This way, the wall presents a subtle color change in the blue sky with a simple and profound texture. At the bottom of the body, the rounded corners are processed to show the sense of gravity in calligraphy. The surface of the white volume has been treated with vertical chisels, which creates a delightful contrast to the smooth and fine ink surface. The bottom of this volume has been designed overhanging reflecting the spirit of detachment in calligraphy.

Black and white volume.
Black and white volume.
View from the lake.
View from the lake.
Entrance to the courtyard.
Entrance to the courtyard.
Column free hall.
Column free hall.
Arched light.
Arched light.
The courtyard
The courtyard
Bird's eye view of the building.
Bird’s eye view of the building.

All images © by The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD). Feel free to check out other inspiring projects from around the globe in our Architecture category.

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