Wooden and metal cages shape an underground creative village in Beijing

BANDe Architects uses wood and steel mesh to colonise the basement spaces of a cultural centre in the Chinese capital.

Designed by BANDe Architects, GreenMonster Lab is located in the basement of a cultural center in Beijing, which includes laboratories, exhibition and entertainment spaces, showrooms and a bookstore. The Chinese studio colonizes these flexible and undifferentiated spaces with impressive sets, which have the main task of giving a new order to the environments that, having been conceived as service areas, were presented as untidy and uninhabitable non-places.

BANDe Architects has designed a sort of miniature masterplan that divides the venue into three main zones, starting from the existing limitations. These are characterised by cheap materials, such as square steel mesh panels and long wooden rods, used in an almost sculptural manner. This pairing represents the two opposing souls of China: the historical one, which respects ancient traditions and techniques, and the contemporary one, accelerated and with a view to the future.

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