Central Academy of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art
2003 - 2008
Site Area: 8,641 sqmBuilding Area: 3,546 sqmTotal Floor Area: 14,777 sqm
The process of designing for CAFA MoCA, began by addressing the meaning of the exhibition space, through the planning in the most conventional forms of contemporary art exhibition, the 'white cube'. The relation to this fixed form and composition method was gradually reinterpreted, in an attempt to transcribe the meaning of the space by giving it a kind of life that will be lived in the given space. As the idea of exhibition begins to change, so did the edges of the conventional cube. Where it is thought that the surface edges delineate the limits of the space; by dissolving them; the space became a singular free-flowing space, wrapping organically along the site boundaries. The curved surfaces creates what we consider to be a more neutral background for the art and skylights from above provide diffused and reflected natural light to exhibited the art in an harmonious way and yet, simultaneously animating the space by created definition to the curve white surface.