HeyTown Art Center

The site is located only 5km east to Beijing’s CBD, and is right in the middle of an isolated and forgotten diamond-shaped land intersected by serval railroads and divided into fragments. While the rest of the city undergoes a rapid development, this urban enclave hidden in some declining industrial plant buildings have remain uncultivated in the past 3 decades.

The client’s long-term goal is to regenerate these spaces though bringing in cultural and creative industries, so that it connects the surrounding neighborhoods currently separated by the railroads, and gradually building up a mixed-use community of 140,000 square meters.

As the lead architect for the 2nd stage of the community, we try to revitalize this urban enclave through weaving together retail, recreational, F&B, and creative spaces for people with different needs. This Art Center was proposed in the core of the creative industry zone that infused diverse public program into a larger mixed-use community.

“spatial prototype shift”: which appropriates the prototype of the saw-tooth shaped plant buildings, and adapts it to suit for the multiple program for the art center, and then translates it into a new composite spatial prototype designed to maximize the creative vitality that it will generate for the urban block.

AREA 3300 m²
YEAR 2020
DESIGN TEAM Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Zhou Peiyi, Zhou Di, Sun Wei, Peng Bocheng, Gao Linggu
MEP CONSULTANT Chen Haohua,Yin Kai
INTERIOR EXTENDED DESIGN Guang Ying Zhi (Cheng Du) Cultural Media Co., Ltd
LIGHTING CONSULTANT Toryo International Lighting Design Center
PHOTOGRAPHS Sun Haiting, Peng Bocheng, Fang Chun, FUNSTOWN