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28 Sep 2010

Edouard Malingue Gallery Hong Kong

OMA COMPLETES GALLERY SPACE IN HONG KONG FOR EDOUARD MALINGUE

Hong Kong, 28 September 2010 – OMA’s first completed project in Hong Kong opens today: museum-quality exhibition space and offices for the Edouard Malingue Gallery, the city’s first gallery dedicated to Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces.

Edouard Malingue Gallery Edouard Malingue Gallery Hong Kong
photographs courtesy OMA

The design, led by David Gianotten, General Manager-Architect of OMA Asia (Hong Kong), and architect Giulia Foscari, juxtaposes two distinct environments: for the 750 square feet of exhibition space, an articulated sequence of three rooms encased in an aluminium volume visible from the street; for reception and administration, an open office area that reveals the original structure of the building.

The articulation of the three rooms maximises exhibition space and allows viewers time and space for contemplation of individual artworks. The aluminium volume that encloses the three rooms creates a box-within-a-box, serving aesthetic, atmospheric, and practical purposes: the box is visible as an object from Queen’s Road Central below; it creates a sense of protection and seclusion for the viewing of art; and allows for a controlled environment, guaranteeing museum standards for climate, acoustics and lighting.

The refinement of the exhibition spaces – with reflective resin floors, plastered white walls and diffused lighting – contrasts with the “found” conditions preserved in the office spaces: a bare shell structure with black concrete beams, foiled ducts on the ceiling and rough concrete floor. The refined aesthetic conditions for displaying art are kept distinct – though not hidden – from the commerce that supports it.

The articulated exhibition spaces also define the office spaces, creating an alternative sequence of three spaces: the assistant’s office and kitchen correspond with the first room, the office of Edouard Malingue with the central art room, and the private viewing room with the main facade. This room also contains storage unit for art, embedded into the exhibition volume and opening up towards the viewing room through a sliding wall panel.

At night, the relationship between the two identities of the gallery is visible from the street. The lighting system makes legible the perforated aluminium panels encasing the art space and the roughness of the surrounding beam structure, with foiled ducts running above the exhibition volume.

David Gianotten commented: “It is very exciting to deliver our first project related to arts and culture in Hong Kong exactly a year after establishing an OMA office here. It illustrates the speed and vibrancy of this city and the fact that arts and culture are very much alive here. The project is special not only for this reason. We have been able to create two distinct kinds of atmosphere: the refinement necessary for showing art and the hard work needed for creating exhibitions.”

The Edouard Malingue gallery opens today with the first ever exhibition of works by Picasso in Hong Kong. The exhibition runs until 4 December.

On OMA

OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. With offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong, OMA employs a staff of around 220 of more than 35 nationalities, and includes architects, designers, researchers and sustainability experts, who work in close collaboration from the beginning of the design process. OMA is led by five partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu and Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs.

Led by David Gianotten, OMA Asia has recently won the design competitions for the new campus of Chu Hai College in Hong Kong and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre. OMA’s headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange topped out last June and CCTV, the office’s largest project to date, is nearing completion in Beijing. OMA also recently submitted a conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. The plan is on display in roving exhibitions across Hong Kong for public discussion until 20 November this year.

OMA-designed buildings elsewhere currently under construction include Milstein Hall – an extension of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University in New York state; a new headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London; and De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands.

OMA’s recently realized projects include several important public buildings: Seattle Central Library (2003); the Dutch Embassy, Berlin (2004); Casa de Musica, Porto (2005); the Prada Transformer Pavillion, Seoul (2009), the Wyly Theatre, Dallas (2009).

OMA reveals plans for new cultural district in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 20 August 2010 – The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority unveiled the OMA West Kowloon masterplan for a major new arts district in Hong Kong.

West Kowloon Cultural District

Under OMA’s plan – one of three competing proposals – the 40 hectare waterfront site facing Victoria Harbour would become an authentic environment of three urban villages embedded in a new public park, Hong Kong’s largest.

A video of OMA West Kowloon masterplan:

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