合作方：Key Wang，毛书虹，Wolfram Anders
Project Name: XYZ Gallery, Beijing 798
Design unit: RengArch
Project Completion Year: 2023.4
Construction area: 250㎡
Project Address: D05, Zhonger Street, 798 Art Zone, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Lead Architects: Zhang Renran, Shi Xintong
Client: Fan Xueyi
Partners: Key Wang, Mao Shuhong, Wolfram Anders
English editor and translator: Wolfram Anders
Design Team: Zhang Renran, Shi Xintong, Zhu Ke
Photographer: Lv Bo
Contractor: Beijing Pinsheng Architectural Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
XYZ画廊位于北京798艺术区中二街。自2006年，诗人范学宜将自己的家居画廊搬到这里。在接下来的 17 年里，举办了数百场艺术展览。2022年8月，在几位朋友的鼓励和帮助下，她希望将画廊改造成一个旨在通过艺术将人们聚集并传递希望的空间。
XYZ Gallery is located at Middle Second Street in the 798 Art District in Beijing. In 2006, the poet artist Fan Xueyi moved her home gallery to 798. Over the next 16 years, XYZ Gallery has been the venue of hundreds of art exhibitions. In August 2022, with the encouragement and help of several friends, she set out to transform XYZ Gallery into a space meant to bring people together and give them hope through art.
The 798 Art District originally was an industrial zone established in 1952 located at No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,. Since 2002, it gradually developed into an art community. Over the years, XYZ Gallery has witnessed the changes of the 798 Art District. The redesign now is like a pivot point between the past and the future.
"Sunlight falls in, dust finds a purpose." This is how the poet artist Fan Xueyi describes her gallery. The space invites visitors with poetry to stop in. Inspired by the poet's memory of a train stop in the North of China and her love for poetry and nature, the ideas of a station, a poetry garden, a street-like corridor and other elements were gradually incorporated in the design.
At the same time, Fan Xueyi regards the gallery as a home. The newly added video and book rooms, together with the refurbished studio, are important elements to make visitors feel at home in the redesigned gallery.
A station serves as a point of departures and arrivals; there is a certain element of the unknown, yet it brings convenience and comfort. In the design of the entrance, we took into account three interfaces: the original 798 building, the new design, and the experience linked to poetry and nature.
The exterior wall of the original building is made of red brick, but it was subsequently painted in shiny red. To begin, we removed that paint to expose the original red brick texture.
In architectural language, the new design creates a rhythmic entrance space under eaves formed by three consecutive steel arches. The cantilevered steel roof reaches 1.8 meters out from the wall, with arches that span 2.5 meters (middle arch) and 2.1 meters (each side arch) and have a height of 1.1 meters. An I-beam serves as the structural connection between each arch, its slope also meets the need for rainwater drainage.
For the poet artist, wooden grille doors and windows remind of her home in Northeast China and connect Beijing with her hometown in Heilongjiang. For the entrance, we combined a white wooden grille door with a white grille window. Below the window is a curved steel plate, which together serve as a second door. Thus, the structure meets the passage requirement of a double door for a public space, but at the same time create the illusion of a single door.
The gallery owner wanted to give more space to by-passers. In the past, there was a rectangular concrete-made box containing a bed of home-grown flower alongside the front of the gallery. The memory of this garden is preserved. In terms of form, we choose a staggered set of blocks with different elevations at 0.3 meter, 0.5 meter and 0.8 meter. Besides meeting the functional need of flower beds and serving as seats, this lay-out increases interactivity. The red brick poetry garden combines concave red brick seat units that are 0.6 meter wide, between 0.6 to 1.5 meters long and between 0.3 to 0.5 meter high and are connected by steps. The concave curved seat unit and the steel plate arches at the entrance form an up-and-down mirror relationship for a balanced overall appearance.
The blue and white ceramic tiles with poems and pictures written and drawn by the poet artist were made in Jingdezhen. The design incorporates ceramic bricks and tiles both in the entrance floor and the poetry garden. The flower beds and plants now are integrated with the blue and white ceramic tiles and the red and gray bricks.
The gallery has a total area of 220 square meters, consisting of two exhibition halls of 90 square meters and 50 square meters respectively, a connecting corridor and several other spaces. We exposed the concrete texture of the original structural concrete beams at the top of the exhibition halls, which were cleaned and polished to make the original 3.8-meters-tall space look even higher and give it a sense of strength while retaining the historic industrial look.
Moving from the "train stop" to "main street", the street-like corridor connecting the exhibition halls is meant to evoke a street corner. Four passage doors open to a corridor that is 2.1 meters wide and 6 meters long. This appears accidental and complicates the direction of visitor movement and flow. In the design, we use the form of portico-type arches as the continuation of the language of outdoor roof arches to strengthen the connection of indoor and outdoor elements. From the corridor, four spaces are accessible - the two main exhibition halls, a small bookroom and the video room.
Off the corridor, a space surrounded by dark purple curtains and a beam of light create the atmosphere of a cinema. Here, the poet artist's animated film "Seasons" and videos related to a particular gallery exhibition are shown. The darkness of the cinema space easily touches a viewer's mood and feelings.
The storage panels are hidden behind the cinema space. The curtain can be pulled to open up or separate the space, which allows its flexible usage.
The storage for works from the gallery collection are built with 50mm*50mm square steel and diagonal mesh. The resulting panels have wheels and can be conveniently pushed and pulled along upper and lower steel beam guardrails. These panels can be used for display as well as storage.