Architect Scheeren set up the Beijing art center.


Architect Scheeren set up the Beijing art center.

Beijing’s CCTV is about the future. Now, the German architect Ole Scheeren has brought Chinese history and identity here. The guardian auction house is a huge and delicate bridge between the past and the present.

Beijing. The German architect Ole Scheeren has completed his second ambitious project in Beijing with the world’s first international auction house, “tailor-made headquarters”.

The modern art center of the guardian, China’s oldest auction house, was unveiled Wednesday at the heart of the Chinese capital’s history. The building, there are two large auction hall, art galleries, studios, offices, multi-function hall, luxurious 120 – bed hotel, can enjoy the beauty of the palaces and nearby restaurants and clubs.

“I want to reposition an art and cultural space as a unit of function and content,” the 47-year-old German media said in an interview in Beijing. “So I created a new mixture, art, art market, activities, events, lifestyle and culture in a large structure together, rather than as usual, but in a very dynamic system integration.

From the country’s founder and the “great helmsman” era, MAO tse-tung stands at the new building at the intersection of wangfujing and traffic axis, the most famous shopping street in China. The street was named after the May 1st movement, the cultural and political Renaissance of the late 20th century.

It is important for Scheeren and the client to deal with background and identity and historical issues. “It should provide a way to reflect on the timeless tension between history and the contemporary situation,” said the architect. He wanted to combine the two realities. “The finished building is really true to the idea.”

Carefully, the 88-storey structure is integrated with old hutong hutong and siheyuan. Sitting in a box at a nesting stone base, the window has a traditional brick wall. Scheeren said: “the quality and substance of stein is not the same as by connecting the hutongs and their houses. It is the bourgeois, the intellectual and the businessman, who represent the elite ruling class. This is about humility.

The silhouette is also related to the story, with a circular lighting window with scissors around the base of the dark gray. This is one of the most famous paintings in the history of fuchun mountain in China. The image of the 14th-century painter huang gongwang was Shared during the civil war, half of which now hangs in Taiwan, where the nationalists fled the communist party in 1949. The other is in China. It symbolizes separation and is the unity of culture.

The building, Scheeren said, has “a subtle memory that doesn’t bring too much weight.” Beijing is a very memorable “city with a certain weight”. He wanted to include it, not too hard. The additional block is assumed to be very similar to the sky in all light conditions. “Body weight dissolved.”

Chen Dongsheng, head of the Guardian, the emerging auction house, said: “its buildings give off a quiet calm and today is sotheby’s largest shareholder. “Design is more than just his job,” he told the architect. “Perhaps most importantly, he respects the customs, history and culture of the area and integrates it into his design to live for him,” said Chen shui-bian, who married MAO’s granddaughter.

Karlsruhe is known around the world for the futuristic center of China’s state broadcaster CCTV, which he designed with the Dutch man Rem Koolhaas. It is the Forbidden City, the temple of heaven and the bird’s nest, one of the 20 million metropolitan areas next to the Olympic stadium. It was awarded the world’s best skyscraper in 2013.

“CCTV is the prototype for the future,” Scheeren said. “it’s part of the city, it’s about the future. So he was very happy to have established an art center in the historical context. Scheeren said: “it was a very good, meaningful time for me to never come to the past. It describes a range of ideas, as well as the scope of his office.

Scheeren has been running his own construction firm in Beijing since 2010 and now operates in three continents, with 80 employees and nearly 100 employees. He built skyscrapers and residential projects in Asia, and in North America and recently in Frankfurt. His Berlin office, which opened in 2015, has 20 members today, and Scheeren is looking for more projects in Europe.


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