Chinese studio AntiStatics Architecture collaborated with artist Yue Minjun to design this The I Do artist store in Wuhan, China that depicts larger-than-life sculptures on its exterior as well as interior. Situated on a shopping street, the building instantly catches attention with its unique facade accentuated by a large elephant. “The peaceful elephant,” is symbolic within Chinese and Asian culture as a representation of “a peaceful world and mature grain in society.” What is more attention-grabbing is a large metal art piece of Yue Minjun’s Signature laughing face on the adjacent wall that lit up at night. Read more about this sculptural project below:
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Cave-Like Interior- First Floor
Upon entering, you will see a smooth and fluid cave-like space that seems as though it has been carved out of interiors, wrapping the visitors in a regular fluid environment and attracting people through the floor plan.
The custom-made and fabricated displays, which are embedded within the walls and freestanding throughout the space feature intricate detailing.
They appear as if the massive geologic structures emerging from the erosive spatial constructs of the interior. In total, the unique geometries showcase a distinct yet synergistic harmony of form.
The elephant structure on the outside continues through the interior. Also, a 9-meter tall sculpture with Yue Minjun’s figures rises from the first floor to the second floor.
The sculpture entices the visitors to climb the smooth stair into the intimate spaces on the second floor. The spiraling staircase allows visitors to have alternative views of the sculptures and the cave-like interiors of the retail store.
The visitors can see the custom-designed displays and unique diamond structured display cases formation from the spiral stairs.
Lighting Glows Like Gems
The entire space is drenched in lighting that gives the feel of gems, while the concealed lighting in the ceiling, the staircase handrail, and beneath the stair treads, add a soft glow to the space and underscores the design.
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Upper Floor Interior
The 2-storey building features even more displays on the 2nd floor. A mammoth sculpture is the main center of attraction on this floor.
Use of Symbolic Elements and Cutting Edge Fabrication Technology
In the execution of the sculpture, the firm and artist innovate an entirely new methodology.
The artists used large-scale wax 3d printing and investment casting, the process creating a sparse yet highly structural lattice inspired simultaneously by cellular biology and the atomic structures of the diamond.
The combined form of symbolic design elements and state-of-the-art fabrication technologies offers an innovative space and form.
Project Name: The I Do artist store
Architects: AntiStatics Architecture (Beijing+ New York)
Lead Architects: Martin Miller+ Mo Zheng
Design Team: Yasser Hafizs, Theodorius E. D. Santoso, Christopher Beckett, Annie Liu, Demi Chang, Arthur Yang, Frank Feng
Project Location: Wuhan, Hubei China
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area (square meters): 250 sqm
Photo credits: (in ‘first name last name’ order): Dachou Photography
Collaborated Artist: Yue Minjun
Main Contractor: Yueben Shanghai
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