Building and Tectonics Master´s Thesis 2020

Yize Zhao

Intersect Art with Everyday Life

How a konsthall design intersect art space with everyday life is both the research problem and first challenge of this paper. At present, no clear architectural instruction exists on the program of daily art museum. Therefore, the author needs to understand the local daily life, then make an appropriate program according to the context. Street coffee, shops and restaurants are the most daily activities that happen at the site. Therefore, a corner cafe is set at the bottom of the project to attract passers-by to enter the space. Restaurant and co-working places are set on the top floor to attract people to visit the whole building. During this process, although art and daily space can be linked, the connection should not affect their own space qualities. As a result, the konsthall is organized by open vertical traffic in the center of the plan, and promises that function of each space would not be disturbed but can have eye contact with other spaces at the same time.

Artists and the Public

The second challenge of this paper is to bring the artist’s workspace into the konsthall. Art’s involvement in daily life is not only a supplement to residents’ spiritual activities, but also an opportunity for young artists. Through space, visitors can directly contact with artists, and artists can get more attention. At the same time, co-working space can make ordinary people and artists work together, so art is no longer a distant mysterious thing, but something that is being born at the adjacent table.

the Concrete and Bricks

The third challenge of this paper is how to combine the concrete structure with the brick to respond to the local brick context. In the author’s conception, this konsthall should be different from the traditional art gallery with a totally transparent bottom floor. That means normally the bricks cannot be used as load-bearing walls. Therefore, the concrete structure is reasonable. While in a context of brick buildings, it is not convincing to use other materials completely. The technology of brick determines the possibility of it as the skin. At the same time, the hollow brick can expose the interior of the building to the outdoor people. But this needs to solve how to hang the brick on the concrete structure. The final solution is the cantilever concrete beam. The logic of how to organize brick and concrete of interior decoration is clear. Take vertical traffic as the dividing line. Red brick represents the live of activity space, while concrete represents the calm of exhibition halls.

By solving three research problems step by step, the author hopes that every choice made has enough reasons to be convincing, so that every reader can understand that this is the best choice. This unconventional konsthall, is a small experiment. Only if every reader feel interested in it and is willing to go there in the future, it can be successful.