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VCD lab : Houshan Contemporary Art Center is an artist studio jointly built by the government and the community, a unique and innovative space for the study of art and aesthetics, and a cultural and art center that is not for profit, serves the community and is open to the public.



从废弃用房到艺术中心 From abandoned room to art center


The original building is located on a gentle slope in the northeast of Gaotang Shi Park, facing north and south, converted from an abandoned two-story brick and concrete park management building and a one-story building with kitchen function. The building area is 448.5 square meters and the site area is 616.2 square meters. Houshan Contemporary Art Center was born out of this environmental background.​



荒野公园 | Wilderness Park

高塘石公园,广州天河区东北部一座极不起眼的小公园。公园紧邻市区,交通方便,但环境野趣黯然,与其说是一座公园,不如说是一片极具人文气息的荒郊竹海。现有公园内基本保持原有野生状态,既有原始生长的过百年樟树、高耸挺拔的粉单竹,又有明代达官古墓、古代年代不详巨石刻字. . 城市的快速发展,使曾经的荒郊转为市区,野林变为公园。

Gaotang Shi Park is a small, unassuming park in the northeastern part of Guangzhou’s Tianhe District. The park is close to the city and easily accessible, but the wilderness is so bleak that it is more of a humanistic suburban bamboo sea than a park. The existing park basically maintains the original wild state, both the original growth of more than a hundred years camphor trees, towering pink single bamboo, but also the Ming dynasty tomb of an ancient official, ancient age unknown boulder inscriptions… The rapid development of the city has turned the once deserted suburb into an urban area, and the wild forest into a park.


▽公园现状 Current situation of the park


场地 | Location

初踏入这片小山野时,心中会油然而生地冒出这样的词语:纯净、自然、像诗一样.. 在来到道路泥泞、杂草丛生、破败不堪的建筑场地时,眼前一切的破败反而让人感受到另一种的生机黯然与自然生息。“由外而内”,这是在考察场地后的第一个关键词。好的场地会诉说——场地有什么?可以是什么?它想要成为什么?这些问题或许是孤立的,但它可以是建筑生长的起点。

When you first step into this small mountain wilderness, words like: pure, natural, poem-like… When you come to the building site with muddy roads, overgrown weeds, and dilapidated buildings, the decay in front of you makes you feel a different kind of vitality and natural life. “From the outside in” is the first key word after inspecting the site. A good site will say – what is there in the site? What can it be? What does it want to be? These questions may be isolated, but it can be the starting point for architectural growth.


▽建筑与周边环境原貌 The original appearance of the building and its surroundings

▽建筑室内原貌 The original interior of the building


由外而内 | From the outside in


“窗户是一座建筑物的关键与灵魂。” ——阿尔瓦罗·西扎

How to maximize the “dialogue” between architecture and nature while satisfying the basic functions of the building becomes the key to architectural design.The view, the borrowed view, and the intercepted view allow the natural splendor outside to be concentrated in the view frame, and at the same time let the small scenery peep out of the big world. The choice of what and how big the view is for the people in the building becomes an important basis for the space wandering and the shape of the building.The windows are the eyes of the building, but also the medium of “dialogue” with nature from outside to inside, transmitting information and spirit.

“The window is the key and soul of a building.” –Alvaro Siza


▽由内而外开口 Opening from the inside out


生长的建筑 | Growing Architecture



Growth requires space and time; it is dynamic and alive at the same time. The project was planned, built and added with the principle of minimizing environmental intervention and prioritizing green protection. Every plant and tree is the focus and starting point of the space design. The tension and expression of the building is compromised as much as possible without destroying any of the surrounding trees. The building grows from the outside to the inside, gaining form through the changes in the site.

The building grows in nature and blends with nature.


▽建筑生长过程 Building growth process


边界的消隐 | Fading of boundaries


Fading is not just disappearing, but integrating the building with the environment, emphasizing the sense of place of the building, allowing the building to continue the nature and integrate into the site.The boundary of the building is based on the original architectural framework, combined with the topography and resources of the site, and consciously weakened the self-centeredness and existence of the building in terms of constructive consciousness, so that the boundary is blurred and integrated into the environment.


▽建筑与环境共融 Architecture and environment are in harmony

▽简约的框架式建筑延续自然、融入场地 The simple frame architecture continues nature and blends into the site


▽院落景观 Courtyard landscape

▽建筑与自然的边界 The boundary between architecture and nature



In terms of architectural form, the original ecology and wildness of the original environment is a rare gift from nature, and the more natural and primitive the environmental conditions are, the more necessary it is to have architectural forms that are compatible with them. “Void” and “hidden” are undoubtedly the response to this natural environment. White, straight lines and geometric squares are the most direct building elements of this building. At the same time, with the retreating relationship of plant forms in the external space, the minimalist building body is made to produce a sense of hierarchy and tranquility through proportion, scale and light capture.


▽建筑细节设计 Architectural detail design



In the inner space, by strengthening the communication and penetration between the inner and outer space, the integration of indoor and outdoor space is felt. For example, the elevation uses different levels of openings to bring the sunlight, temperature and scenery from the outside of the building into the interior, so that people subconsciously blur the boundary between the interior and exterior spaces of the pavilion. In terms of vertical interior space planning, the second floor of the main exhibition hall is pure white space and the second floor is pure black space, considering the boundary and isolation of the “wall”, and at the same time making the exhibits inside the exhibition more focused and immersive.


▽纯白色的一层展厅空间 Space effect of exhibition hall on the first floor

▽一层展厅窗户光影 Light and shadow of exhibition hall Windows on the first floor


▽纯黑色的二层展厅空间 Second floor exhibition space

▽功能空间 Functional space


光与影 | Light and Shadow


Light and shadow constitute the light and darkness of the space, but also express and create the space. Light gives the space of the pavilion a dynamic and indefinable character, a kind of transient and instantaneous time experience when walking through the space.




The fading of the border,Perhaps it is the best answer to this “wild forest”.


▽楼梯光与影 Stair light and shadow



Architecture can be the art of nature, or the nature of art…


▽总平面图 Plan

▽一层平面图 Ground floor plan

▽二层平面图 Two-floor plan

▽三层平面图 Three-level plan

▽正立面图 Front elevation plan

▽侧立面图 Side elevation plan

▽剖面图 Section



设计公司:广州微介创意设计有限公司(VCD lab)
联系邮箱: verge@163.com
摄影师:林捷骐、VCD lab

Project name: Houshan Contemporary Art Center
Year completed: 202/01
Project area: 448.5 square meters
Project Location: No. 28 Gaoke Road, Zhicheng, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province
Design Company: VERGE Creative Design Co., Ltd (VCD lab)
Contact email: verge@163.com
Chief designer: Lin Yingjie, Zhang Yuanyuan
Design team: CAI Jingyang, Wang Haofeng, Guan Weixian, Zhou Yanxin
Client: Houshan Contemporary Art Center
Partner: TONG CONCEPT Concrete Museum
Photographer: Lin Jieqi, VCD lab



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