Ceramic exhibition center, Tangshan, China
academic work, TJU/UCLA joint studio, solo, 2008
Frosted glass is usually adopted in natural lighting of an exhibition space, through the frosted glass the visual contrast is greatly reduced and the view of objects behind the glass is blured. In this way the visitors can concentrate on the Exhibits. This design focus on how to “blur” the spacial background in the building. That means to minimize the contrast in the background space.
The profile of this building serves as the background of outdoor exhibition. In order to minimize the visual contrast, the profile of this architecture is designed as a mild curve which naturally rises from the ground, thus the outdoor background is “blured”. At the same time there are more outdoor exhibition areas as is shown in the height level diagram. Edges of walls in the exhibition space and direct light from outside cause contrast in sight. So the “Bluring” of indoor exhibition backgrounds consists of two parts: creating an “edgeless” space and adopting diffuse lighting. A continuous wall with wiping angles wraps the studio units and serves as an edgeless background of indoor exhibits.In order to avoid direct sun light and strong contrast in the sight, all the natural light in the underground gallery comes from above through the skylight and get into the visitors’ eyes after several times of reflection. Frosted glass is adopted in th skylight, changing direct light into diffuse light, providing a mild indoor light enviroment.