An art museum can be a white box in the city,
it can also be a Lion & Tiger Mountain in Zoo.
<Dialogue> Art Exhibition is revealed in Lion & Tiger Mountain in Beijing Zoo. It is a expression of how art can stimulate the vibration of urban area, it also is an expression for the revolution nature of art.
With hundred years of history,Beijing Zoo as the largest city zoo in the world, is a travel card of Beijing, Founded in 1956, Lion & Tiger mountain is one of the most significant icon building in Beijing Zoo.
In the year of 2018, our team has finished the renovation and upgrading project for L&T mountain enclosure hall, and co-engieered with Beijing zoo to transfer this space into a unique exhibition space of animal-watching and art-admiring activities.
<Dialogue> Exhibition is the first art exhibition after the renovation of the exhibition hall, the aim is to focus on the peaceful connection between human and animal, and also to discuss the new relationship between art and public.
A beautiful city and city life are not only created by public art, city sculptures and so called icon buildings, but also created by all activities that roots in urban cultures which can stimulates creativeness and vibrations. In the internet era of information explosion, survive experiences, basic skills, value systems and aesthetic tastes are continuously updating, industry boundaries are speeding to integrate, people are expecting new things can emerged from the old, especially in the thirst for art. City brands, visual images technologies, interactions, mass consumption and mass entertainments which are root in Public Art has become the catalyst for us to change our daily life. People expecting art to become more populism and more fun and diverse. Public Art has become a significant part of urban quality and cultural benefits.
<Dialogue> is for visitors to get together in Beijing Zoo, to communicate and share their passion and wisdom.
Lion & Tiger Mountain has only been identified as a concrete mountain in Beijing Zoo for a really long time. Since the building was built in 1955 and it is already passed its useful life, safety conditions in public space is not satisfied.
The aim of this project is to extend the useful life of the building for the purpose of restart tourist services.
The renovation design are as following:
1. Tease out building functions and its commercial activities, locate ANIMAL MUSEUM into L & T mountain exhibition hall, to make the location become a social multi-character as animal feeding, animal display and museum;
2. Re-organize feeding streamline, move breeder tunnel from the inner side of the hall to the outside of the building to minimize influence from the tunnel to animal display. Mean while, form a 3-dimensional feeding tunnel, set up a closed allocation channel to create a safe and convenient breeding environment;
3. After structure detection, proceed structure reinforcement renovation to L & T Mountain, replaced the log structure roof to reach the requirement of current seismic-proof technologies;
4. Improve measures that can increase the building function qualities of L & T Mountain, such as roof drainage and building energy efficiency.
This design is based on building infrastructure upgrades,it is focused on the implantation of museum activities and to build a social multi-character of the building. L & T Mountain has transferred from a breeding-functional building to a social architecture that contains animal display and museum, it will provide more opportunities to recycling and diversification of historical buildings.