Located on the site of a former aluminum factory in Xiamen City, "The Field" is a transformative project by Team BLDG.
Commissioned by artist Jiang Sheng, the project renovated an old building into a studio and exhibition space. The design concept centers on creating a spiritual place that defies isolation, embracing the divine while incorporating Buddha statues and architectural elements.
The renovated building consists of three blocks, each transformed to embody the essence of Buddha. Building 1 and 2 were reconfigured to create an introverted, enclosed atmosphere, concealing architectural details to highlight the Buddha statues. Building exteriors were simplified, integrating with the sandalwood yellow color palette, creating unity and subtlety. A large magnolia tree guides visitors through the journey.
Light plays a pivotal role, with 31 skylights in various shapes and sizes. The main hall showcases dynamic light effects on Buddha statues made from dense materials. The dark room features diffused light, highlighting transparent Buddha statues. The play of light reveals the passage of time, evoking a sense of the eternal.
The magnolia tree's presence enhances the building's identity. Visitors follow a cyclical route, guided by the tree through the exhibition hall, roof terrace, office spaces, and fashion showroom. Despite limitations in construction and craftsmanship, the project retained a textured, "rough" quality that juxtaposes the refined Buddha statues.
Accidental color changes in response to urban context were embraced, enhancing the project's unique interpretation. "The Field" not only innovates the space but also offers fresh insights into the intersection of faith, art, and architecture.