Hangzhou Canal Arts Center
From thermal power plant to beacon for arts and culture
Masterplanning, Urban Design and Landscape Design, Architecture and Buildings, Experiential Design, Interior Design and Wayfinding
Civic + Culture + Education, Mixed-use, Workplace
GRANDJOY HOLDINGS GROUP CO.,LTD.
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.
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.
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.