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Hangzhou Canal Arts Center
Hangzhou, China

From thermal power plant to beacon for arts and culture

Service

Masterplanning, Architecture, Interior Design

Sector

Mixed-use, office, culture

Client

GRANDJOY HOLDINGS GROUP CO.,LTD.

Size

10,000m2

Challenge

The Hangzhou Canal Art Center is a unique future development for Hangzhou, occupying the site of a former thermal power plant in the city. The brief called for Benoy to reflect on the evolution of the site from a once functioning thermo-electric plant to a new, green arts complex.

Solution

The design has looked to integrate with its surroundings, the natural landscape and existing thoroughfares, whilst presenting an integrated community space for the city; one which will become a hive of activity and support art exhibitions, weekend markets, sports and cultural pursuits and leisurely recreation.

Result

Benoy’s design has deliberately broken down the massing of the building, mixing public space into the development. Boundaries between indoor and outdoor have been blurred with the use of spatial concepts such as courtyards, corridors and semi-open spaces. The Hangzhou Canal Art Center starts in operation in the fall 2019. 

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