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June 21, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Opened in 798 Art Zone, Beijing in 2009, PIFO GALLERY is one of the earliest major art intuitions in China dedicated to advancing the research and development of abstract art. After more than a decade of operation, the owner of the gallery invited ARCHSTUDIO to renovate the space, improve its functions and adapt to future development demands.798 Art Zone, where PIFO GALLERY is situated, houses a cluster of modern art spaces repurposed from electronics factories built in the 1950s. Distinct from those iconic buildings featuring concrete arched windows in the art zone, PIFO GALLERY is set in an ordinary industrial building — a regular closed concrete “box” with high ceilings and poor natural daylighting. For renovating the gallery, ARCHSTUDIO’s primary consideration was to satisfy its functional demands while endowing the space with a captivating ambiance and a unique visual identity, so as to improve the brand image of the gallery.

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Denis Goldberg House of Hope Museum / Noero Architects

June 10, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

Denis Goldberg is a revered figure in South African liberation politics. He was the only white person sentenced to life imprisonment at the infamous Rivonia Trial in 1963 which also saw Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the African National Congress sentenced to life imprisonment and banished to Robben Island. At the time Denis was described by the Apartheid government as the most dangerous white man in South Africa. Denis retired to Hout Bay in 2002 and devoted the remainder of his life to supporting youth development through the arts in the Hout Bay community.

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Cukrarna Space for Contemporary Art / Scapelab

June 3, 2022 Luciana Pejić 0

Cukrarna is a former sugar refinery, built in 1828 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During its’ two-hundred-year history, it was a sugar refinery, destroyed in a disastrous fire, and later a tobacco factory, a textile factory, a military barracks, and a homeless shelter. It was also a temporary home for many poets and writers from Slovenia’s Modern period, which was key to establishing Slovenia as an independent nation. Due to its’ significance as a monument of 19th-century industry, it has been listed as a protected building, and due to its rich history, it is firmly anchored in the Slovenian nations’ subconscious as a cultural symbol.

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AAF Gallery / S-AR

June 1, 2022 Agustina Coulleri 0

The aim of this project is to distribute the gallery spaces in a small three-story building. The first floor contains a public space for readings and lectures, as well as a kitchen to help prepare exhibition openings. At the rear of this level, a room was created for artist residencies, containing its own bathroom and a patio. This level employs a construction system based on unfinished cinder block walls and steel deck slabs on white-painted IPR beams. The enclosures are made specifically for this building from wood, aluminum, glass, and metal mesh.

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Amant Art Campus / SO-IL

May 18, 2022 Paula Pintos 0

Amant is spread across three blocks of rapidly changing, industrial North Brooklyn. An innovative cultural incubator, the facility functions both privately and publicly, housing artist studios, galleries, offices, a performance space, and a cafe.

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DADE Gallery / Aether Architects

May 13, 2022 Collin Chen 0

The project is located in the OCT Loft, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. The function is a space for the owners to meet friends, read and write, and also a gallery open to the public. Due to the composite character used: both private space and a public gallery, the renovation of the space mainly consider two factors: the relationship between the space and the owner and the relationship between the space and the exhibition.

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Oever Gallery / 5AM

A concrete canvas for contemporary art. Location. ‘Oever’ is Dutch for shore or bank. The concrete kind. This new art gallery is located in the East Bank harbor area of Ostend, the only genuine city on the Belgian coast. Popularly called ‘Bruxelles plage’, it was historically linked to the capital of Belgium. The beau monde of Brussels loved traveling there for a seaside getaway. Today you still feel the faded glory of what once was a rich city. The city is a haven for creatives and even has its own street art festival. A fitting location for a contemporary art gallery with its own in-house coffee shop and store concept.

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Sayer Street / Jan Kattein Architects + BD Landscape Architects

April 29, 2022 Bianca Valentina Roșescu 0

On a sliver of land just four meters wide, Sayer Street packs in the infrastructure to support all the social life which characterizes London’s best-loved high streets. Set against the construction hoarding for mixed-use development within the Elephant Park masterplan, the project complements the recently opened terrace of cafes and restaurants on the south of Sayer Street until the other half of the high street is complete.

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Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion / KPMB Architects

April 17, 2022 Paula Pintos 0

In Canada’s National Capital Region, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and University of Ottawa (uOttawa) Theatre form part of a 17,435 m2 renovation and expansion to transform Ottawa’s heritage Arts Court into a mixed-used development. Located across from the Rideau Canal, the OAG builds on the legacy of a long institutional history as a destination for art in the city. In a city defined by heritage and brutalist-era architecture, the white cubist composition creates a striking contrast to its context of grey glass and masonry office towers. Two barrier-free entrances are linked, providing east-west pedestrian connectivity through the ground level. A signature destination restaurant and café, open to the public daily and in evenings, has further activates the revitalization of the precinct.