CLOU architects repurpose boiler room into an airy gallery in Taiyuan.

Originally built in 1982, CLOU architects repurpose and transform this industrial boiler room into a public gallery in Taiyuan, china. In 2016, the building was stripped of its original structure and was finally converted into a showroom. Additionally, the 2000 sqm building includes a library, reading room, conference centre and a café, making it a target for all audiences.

Previously dark and cavernous, CLOU architects open up the structure of the boiler room using a combination of transparent and translucent glass brick in order for the building to harbour light. Glass bricks, readily available, were an ideal choice of façade material, given the breakneck speed of the renovation, and the desire to maximize the transformation with minimal means. The opacity of the glass walls changes gradually throughout the day depending on the position of the sun, while at night, strong LEDs light up the walls creating a red lantern effect.

The black and white columns embellish the structure and provide the spatial framework for the main hall. To create a bright and airy ambience, the architects use white terrazzo flooring, Venetian plasters walls, chrome light boxes and ceilings with Barrisol surfaces. The white finishes amplify the natural daylight that is radiated throughout the façade.


原工业锅炉房建于1982年,CLOU2016年将之前的原有结构去除,并最终将其改造为一个 2000平米的展示中心,其中包括图书馆,阅览室,会议中心和咖啡厅等功能,从而满足大众多样化的不同需求。



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