Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion Master by Ennead Architects

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
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This campus expansion and re-envisioning positions Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts one of China’s top schools of fine art – as an Academy in the Park: thriving, inspired by the natural world, an oasis and destination within the dense urban fabric of Tianjin.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
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The design is the product of a three-month international competition for the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts campus. An identifiable core completes the institution’s historic quad and integrates the campus and its activities with adjacent neighborhoods, effectively enhancing the Academy’s influence as a creative force, as an engine for art and as a cultural and creative hub for the city and region.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
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The massing, scale and proportions of the new academic core building draw inspiration from the historic campus buildings, where a simple structural bay regulates the facades. Façade surfaces are sculpted with a variety of texture and depth to heighten the play of light and shadow, and imbue the architecture with a more modern, artistic sensibility.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
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The museum defines the Academy’s architectural identity. Geometrically pure, strikingly simple and clad in corrugated glass, this highly specialized “art container” becomes an art object itself.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
Image © San Labs for Ennead Architects

The figural studio buildings are playful pavilions that sit as objects in a newly designed art park and whose sinuous shape and layered materiality contrast to the stability and rigor of the foundation buildings. Corresponding to the programs within, each interior courtyard is organized and themed around four different approaches to the making of art: Apply, Project, Shape and Experiment.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
Masterplan

A continuous ground-level podium and concourse serving the core and professional studio buildings, unify the community: students and faculty mix in a lively environment full of study pods, social activity, exhibition areas, landscaped courtyards and art production space, connect the core and professional studio buildings. Source by Ennead Architects.

Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Campus Expansion
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  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Design Partner: Thomas Wong
  • Management Partner: Don Weinreich
  • Project Designer: Brian Masuda
  • Project Manager: Grace Chen, Joshua Frankel
  • Project Team: Margarita Calero, Xiaoyun Mao, Eliza Montgomery, Na Sun, Eric Tsui, Justin Woo
  • Landscape: Balmori Associates
  • Sustainability: Syska Hennessy
  • Master Plan: 11.3 hectare, 200,000 GSM
  • Year: 2016
  • Renderings: San Labs for Ennead Architects
  • Images: Courtesy of Ennead Architects
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