The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

The Inside-Out Art Museum, in Beijing, China, is a new cultural establishment that specializes in the varied and unpredictable art of contemporary Chinese artists as well as a growing collection of American abstract work. The Museum’s interior  is designed by OBRA Architects and  features a minimal set of spaces of distinct finesse that turns out to be an excellent background for the display of modern art.

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

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The design concept was conceived as a minimal intervention of efficient boxes of light for art to be contained. The light is composed of both indirect sources that are fixed and permanent as well as direct ones that can be modified or removed.  This light ‘strategy’ allows the ceiling to remain as clean as possible of gadgets, tracks and sensors, providing a discrete and serene background for art.

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

In all floors, indirect light comes in from a continuous cove and surrounds the entire perimeter of every room. This results to a diffused and harmonious halo of light that appears to float over the artworks. Furthermore the cove forms a permanent horizon for every room, which acts as a unifying backdrop to the infinitely varied products of the artistic imagination.

The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

The various ceiling heights effectively distinguish the areas of circulation from the main rooms; at the same time, they intent to form an open-plan space that encourages movement through the galleries.

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

While the main gallery spaces offer a neutral environment,  the secondary spaces of the museum offer a separate visual and atmospheric experience. The lobby, the reading area and meeting rooms are all finished in local maple plywood panels, providing a warm and welcoming ambiance to visitors.

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

OBRA Architects have crafted a set on interior spaces that embody a strong poetic notion; their design shows an evident consideration and sensitivity concerning the subject of artwork display and the interaction between art and the public.

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

 The Inside-Out Art Museum by OBRA Architects

© OBRA Architects

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou


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