Benoy has unveiled its plans for Hangzhou Canal Art Center, at the site of a converted former power plant
Plans have been unveiled for the the Hangzhou Canal Art Center, a development occupying the site of a former thermal power plant in the city. Set within the Gongshu district, the building sits adjacent to the Joy City Hangzhou mixed-use scheme that Benoy is also designing.
The development's facade material is predominantly plain concrete, weather-resistant steel plates, wood and metal mesh
"We deliberately broke down the massing of the building, mixing public space into the development," said Benoy director Qin Pang. "We then blurred the boundaries between indoor and outdoor through the use of spatial concepts such as courtyards, corridors and semi-open spaces."
By adding multiple entrances and allowing the landscaping from the neighbouring urban park to flow into the scheme, Benoy's design has come together to create a new type of public environment which melds into the existing cityscape.
The development's facade material is predominantly plain concrete, weather-resistant steel plates, wood and metal mesh. Using simple and reserved materials and textures allows the building "to become a canvas for the activity within and around the scheme", said the design team at Benoy. The centre is due to open to the public at the end of 2018.