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Art Rooms In The City

Located at the center of the art district, the site serves as a pedestrian crossing bridge with its connection to PoMo. With attributes such as indistinct material and colours, it failed its purpose as a pedestrian bridge as most targeted users are jaywalking under it. The design intent of a civic art gallery was proposed as there is an issue where all nearby established museums and arts schools such as LaSalle, NAFA and SOTA only showcases their students or prominent artist’s work. The gallery will offer opportunities for budding and young talented artists to display their artworks for instance canvas paining and even hanging sculptures. Having a gallery on a bridge can be a unique experience as every other art galleries nearby requires its visitors to enter its building before their galleries so why not build an art gallery in the city. This could also relate the bridge to the surrounding art environment.


Follies are added along POMO and Selegie Art Center as markers guiding visitors to the gallery. At each of the follies, users are able to perceive and experience the gallery at distance. In other words, the gallery can be appreciated even from the outside. Black and white colours are used to maximize the contrast and also for coloured art pieces to stand out.


The gallery rooms are clad onto bridge to illustrate the idea of Art Rooms in the City. Furthermore in each room, customized protrusion structures are introduced and designed to relate with the cone of vision of the human eye. Through the protrusions, hanging sculptures and activities occurred in the rooms can be seen. As mentioned above, the lightscapes are largely used. The direct and indirect lighting consists of strips of cavities in the walls which gives a suspended illustration, tempered and laminated glass with steel support that framed each room and also the glass floor respectively.


In the interior, large numbers of spot light and LED light applications such as the rise step between the walking path and the rooms, protrusion structures, glass framing, glass floors and each and every customized canvas frame for painting and remote and mobile hanging sculptures. The glass floor is another unique experience with the traffic underneath it. In addition, small details such as a timber rise before each canvas painting to prevent visitors from going too close to the painting. The gallery will always be operating since it still serves as a civic pedestrian crossing to POMO. Therefore, users can appreciate arts interiorly, exteriorly and from day to night which consists of different lightscapes. Last but not least, the tempered and laminated glass framing of each room separate the old existing of the bridge with tiles and existing stairs with the new modern art rooms in the city.

James Sua - Art Rooms In The City, 2011.

made of mounting board, dim as shown

Design Studio III, Atelier 3 (SP) with Tang Soo Yin,


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