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Ole Scheeren unveils Beijing auction house scheme

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Büro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a new ‘hybrid’ auction house and arts centre in Beijing, China

The ‘Guardian Art Center’ project – which is currently under construction – will create a new headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house on a prominent site overlooking the Forbidden City.

Planned to complete in 2016, the building will feature a 1,700m² column-free exhibition and event space at its centre.

Two large auction halls will feature in the basement while a 120-room hotel with restaurants will surround the building’s upper levels.

Chen Dongsheng, chair and founder of China Guardian said: ‘The art centre will be a tangible link between past, present, and future. It celebrates history and tradition while also representing an important social and civic amenity for the capital.’

He continued: ‘Ole Scheeren’s work is rooted in culture and history; it reflects the culture of the site and the culture and customs of the Chinese people. He merges all these elements in his creation, endowing architecture with its social life and meaning.’

Scheeren added: ‘The building is located at a historic site that holds special significance to China, at an intersection of two streets, and two worlds: Beijing’s most famous commercial street Wangfujing and Wusi Dajie, the site where the New Cultural Movement originated after the Qing Dynasty.

‘It explicitly pays respect to its context and location but also comes to embody the nature of an auction house at the intersection of culture and commerce.’

Scheeren was a partner and director at OMA before setting up his own practice in 2010.

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