Martin Goya X PIG

Li Wenqiang / PIG Design as Architects

"I'm a 'stray bird', carrying dry branches, stones, old truck tarpaulins and metal to construct a spiritual home. This 'bird nest'has nothing to do with the logic of architector aesthetics of artist, but is just a product of animal instinct."

— Li Wenqiang

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian

Power of rusticity
Martin Goya Business, established by artist Cheng Ran, invited PIG DESIGN led by Li Wenqiang to co-create an art space—Martin Goya.Pig. This is a radical independent art space dedicated to supporting local young artists'diversified independent practices, while alsoencouraging spontaneous public activities from the perspectives of the city and the public.

The project is located inXiangshan Art Commune,Xihu District, Hangzhou,featuring a split-level architecturalform that conforms to the sloped landform. Based on innovative design thinking and artistic aesthetics, PIG DESIGN retained the basic framework of the existing building, and inserted"regenerated" and "instinctive" narratives and structural logic into this 270-square-meter vacant space, to present an untamed and freely growing state.

When design or art is too "mature" or excessive, it tends to be slick sometimes. Vitalitymore lies in unsophisticated and rustic wilderness. Commonrecycled materials like dry wood, stones, canvas and metal wererecombined inthis project, which embodies the reflection on the ever-evolving commercial civilizationandis inspiring.

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian

Reuse of materials
The design followsthe concept of sustainability by reusing existing resources. Wear-resistant and waterproof canvas was reused to wrap building facades and interior wall surfaces, which wasstitched and fixed by staple guns during installation. The ceiling is finished with simple, environment-friendly water-based paint, while the floor is paved with black gravel and stone slabs, which blur the boundary between interior and outside. Recycled metal rods form a triangular installation, which highlights the visual identity of the entrance leading to the "bird nest".

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian

Regenerated space in post-pandemic era
From design to completion, the project only took one month, which incorporates the reflection on construction and design practices in the post-pandemic era. Sophisticated commercial premises have beenseverely hit bythe pandemic crisis, which reflects the limitations of "excessive designs". In the post-pandemic context, this project shows high efficiency and provides accessibility to the public, which accents the value of a regenerated building whilst maximizing the balance among time, cost and quality.

Through efficient design interventions, a former unused space is returned to daily use. This art space integrates multiple functions such as gallery, tea room and salon, and meanwhile explores new possibilities for combining art and commerce. It holds regular art eventsto offer networking opportunities, andprovidesyoung artistswith a free platform which is far beyond a conventional art gallery system. It alsorunsa cafe here to make profits for supporting its operation.

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian

Like wild nature, the spatiallayout and furnishings arrangement seem to be random and disorderly, but in fact are based on meticulous, clever thinking. Leftover building materials weretransformed into regenerated materials that are low-cost and easy for maintenance, truly realizing "meaningful" construction. The furniture pieces wereselected from the existing samples that the design team created for previous projects. The furniture accessories in the form of "hand" and "head" wererealized by 3D printing technology, which add a sensitive touch to the furniture system and convey a sense of humor as well.

The positions of window openings wereprecisely determined based on the orientation of the building and the direction of light. Seven triangular light boxes set along the free circulation route and the grid-form cabinet inlaid with hidden lighting sources, create a moderate, comfortable lighting environment with low energy consumption. Art installations look like "mysterious creatures", whichseem to carry inherent vitality, collectingnature, sunshine and water for infinite growth.

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian

Constraints and restrictions often drive innovations. PIG DESIGN adopted cheap durable materials, recycled objects and a simple color palette to respond to the current challenges, which is a new attempt. The simple design languages leave morefuture possibilities for the space, which sets an example for spatial creation in the post-pandemic era.

Team:
Client: Martin Goya
Design firm: PIG DESIGN
Chief designer: Li Wenqiang
Design team: Liu Chao, Zhao Lili, Yang Zhiwei, Yan Junjun, Qian Mengmeng
Construction firm: Hangzhou Dianchang Decoration Design Engineering Co., Ltd.
Lighting design: Yaank
Furniture design: PIG DESIGN

photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian
photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian
photo_credit Qi Shuoqian
Qi Shuoqian
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Material Used: 
Canvas, Black Gravel, Steel Rod, Stainless Steel, Paint

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