Benoy is excited to unveil its new project ‘The Hangzhou Canal Art Center’ – a unique future development occupying the site of a former thermal power plant in Hangzhou, China. Set within the Gongshu district which is currently undergoing a wider regeneration, the building sits adjacent to the Joy City Hangzhou mixed-use scheme which Benoy is also designing, and forms the cultural beacon for the area’s future development. The scheme is due to open to the public at the end of 2018.
The brief called for Benoy to reflect on the evolution of the site from a once functioning thermo-electric plant to a new, green arts complex. As such, the design focuses on integrating with its surroundings, the natural landscape and existing thoroughfares, whilst presenting a united community space for the city; one which will become a hive of activity and support art exhibitions, weekend markets, sports and cultural pursuits and leisurely recreation.
The physical design of the 14,000m2 Hangzhou Canal Art Centre is simple, clean and restrained. The façade material is mainly plain concrete, weather-resistant steel plates, wood and metal mesh. Using simple and reserved materials and textures allows the building ‘to become a canvas for the activity within and around the scheme’, explained the Benoy design team. Through its considered design, the building is set to become part of the city’s texture, a landmark which embraces the community and delivers quality public space for the city. Source and images Courtesy of Benoy.
Article by Marco Rinaldi