Container ideas / Meditation Space by Jam.architecture

The Center for Contemporary Arts in Beijing Songzhuang is an architecture where colorful containers are layered like building blocks. Architect Jun Murata inserted a white container into it. A 12m long container named “Tunnel” was connected to the outside.

Architects: Jun Murata
Location: Beijing, China
Photography: Jam. architecture

The humble shipping container is perfectly suited to the creation of art galleries: the long and narrow structure lends itself to a gallery layout, while the industrial look feels right at home in the world of contemporary art.

Jun Murata

This space has no east-west wall and leads to the rich greenery and scenery beyond that. There is a slit on the south side, and a vertical light beam cuts the inside. The top of the small stairs on the east side has water. The trees in the garden are reflected on the surface of the water with the light coming from the east. The wind passes directly, and the reflected light glitters inside while shaking the water surface.

The short container, referred to as “closed space”, is connected to the outside of the container used as a guest room. Here, the field of view is narrowly and closed, and it connects to the outside world through only the openings facing the sky. From these two rectangular openings, the light is sometimes strong and sometimes softly poured into the interior.

Seasonal scenery ends from the rectangular opening in the east and west. Additionally, natural phenomena that change every moment bring changes inside. The guests are freed from daily sensations and are prompted with various light experiences. Here, the human mind approaches the inner world of nothing. And it spreads to the great horizon outside and connects with the world.

The program is designed by architects and designers invited from various countries as participating designers to design guest rooms. This is an installation directed to Beijing Design Week. After the exhibition, this space will be used as an accommodation facility.