Song Art Museum is an "Art Container", with "Art" as the mainstay and "Container" as the supplement and it serves as a form that can be replicated in the future. It transforms everything into geometry and purity and takes “Non-Action” from the outside to within.
Song Art Museum, was designed by Vermilion Zhou Design Group and recently won the 2021 Architizer A+Firm Award "Best in Typology - Interior Design-Institutional/ Cultural" category.With the entire base shaped like a Chinese long scroll, Vermilion Zhou Design Group reorganized the relationship between the building and the courtyards. With the art gallery as the main building, the designers restored classical buildings and placed archways to the left and right, which not only realizes the owner’s preference but also positions the oriental style of the museum.
Leaving blank space is the highest artistic concept in the art of Chinese painting, whereas geometrical form is the most objective expression of Western logic and thought. For the architecture of the gallery, the Western symbolism was removed to give the purest white, and several different geometric structures were used to connect and create a new corridor by bridging the unrelatedness between the old buildings and echoing the scenery among the courtyards; the indoor ground going underground creates a vertical openness, extending the dimensionality. The significance of the museum’s existence is the presentation of art.
What Vermilion Zhou Design Group offers is a kind of "clean" existence. When “contemporary art” enters various forms, they can display their vocabulary and vitality without scruples. The courtyard is surrounded by pine trees, providing the external vitality of the Song Art Museum.
The scenery becomes the breath of both the inside and outside, and the oriental freehand brushwork also becomes the natural rhythm of mutual reflection between traditional and modern architecture.
Photo: Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Zhi Xia