Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Jim Dodson, Ekaterina Golovatyuk, Ravi Kamisetti, Katja Lam, Ted Lin, Betty Ng, Viviano Villarreal-Buerón, Patrizia Zobernig
CONTRACTOR: EDM Construction | M&E and Structure: Arup | Security: ADT | Acoustics: DHV Building and Industry | Lighting: Zumbtobel Furniture Design: Cassina
The design for the Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong envisions the juxtaposition of two contrasting spaces: an enclosed and refined environment for exhibiting art and a raw open space for the gallery’s administration areas.
Enclosed by a perforated aluminium surface, the exhibition space is articulated in three rooms to maximise the exhibition wall-surface and invite the viewers to an undisturbed contemplation of the individual artworks. The aluminium volume - which is easily legible as a large-scale object from Queen’s Road Central - defines a controlled environment and guarantees 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 articulation of the exhibition space informs the programmatic sequencing of the office amenities: the assistant’s office and pantry correspond to the first viewing room, while the office of Edouard Malingue and the private viewing room are aligned to the second and third gallery respectively. A storage is seamlessly embedded into the exhibition volume and opens towards the viewing room through a sliding wall panel.