X Museum is designed to become a new cultural place for the younger generation in the city of Beijing.
Contemporary art is constantly evolving in our time of endless information and their complex intersections. How should one shape our cultural spaces in response to such times of uncertainty? TEMP aims to rethink how art spaces could be imagined first by asking the most basic questions as in how a painting should be hung on a wall. Custom made terracotta bricks are extruded with horizontal slots to which metal clips can be installed to hang artworks. Paintings, installations, projectors, and even white walls could be hung onto this wall system.
There is an overflow of white and concrete box museums. X Museum offers a newer way of installing and showing artworks. The letter X is used as the main symbol of the museum at the entrance as an intersection of two H-beams supporting each other structurally. The crossed-braced structure holds the large curving roof that is perforated to filter patterns of light into the entrance space. The diagram of the X composed of two lines is signified as the most basic form of interaction. The museum also dedicates itself to being multidisciplinary show not only artists, but also architects, scientists, engineers, musicians, and designers.
Design Team: Howard Jiho Kim, Vince Qianyi Xie, Zhenkun Cai, Xiaojing Guo
Lighting Consultant: RDesign International Lighting
Photography by Jin Weiqi with courtesy of TEMP