TAIMIAO - BEIJING, CHINA

In 2010 GCAM was retained by The Beijing Workers Labor Union, which has the legal responsibility for the management and operation of the Imperial Ancestral Temple and Peoples’ Cultural Palace Complex located in Beijing, to develop a Cultural Master Plan and conduct a Concept Development Study for the Complex, in collaboration with the architecture firm Studio Zhu Pei.  The Beijing Workers Labor Union has long operated Taimiao as a place of amusement, relaxation, and culture for its members and for the Chinese people in general, and desired to refocus the complex.

Taimiao is situated on the east side of Tiananmen Square and occupies 197,000 square meters (48 acres) surrounded by three red walls with pines and cypresses inside.  In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties Taimiao it was used by royal family members to offer sacrifices to their ancestors.  The Complex, which resembles the Forbidden City's ground plan, is a cluster of buildings in three large courtyards separated by walls.

The Master Plan combined world-class architecture together with art, architecture, and educational programs, and revenue-generating activities such as restaurants, art galleries, retail, and high-end offices.  The extraordinary existing historical buildings of Taimiao were to be renovated and used for art exhibition purposes – minimal modifications were to be made, respecting their historic value, to address improved lighting systems and to accommodate the installation of art work.  Three new buildings were to be constructed with a design that was inspired by Chinese traditional culture and virtually invisible from outside the complex.

An art and exhibition program was developed to include classical, Modern, and contemporary exhibitions; a commissioning program; a permanent exhibition showcasing the role of the Workers Union and the Complex’s rich history from Imperial times to the present; and a Center for the Study of Chinese Civilization.


太庙——中国北京

2010GCAM受北京市工会的聘请,与建筑公司朱锫事务所合作制定了文化宫建筑的《文化总体规划》和《概念策划研究》。北京市工会是北京太庙和人民文化宫建筑群的法律责任人。一直以来,北京市工会都将太庙作为工会会员和普通中国民众的文化娱乐休闲场所,当时希望能对太庙进行重新调整。

太庙位于天安门广场东侧,占地197,000平方米(48英亩),外有红色围墙三重,内植古柏青松。明清时期(1368——1911),太庙是皇室用来祭祀祖先的地方。和紫禁城的平面布局类似,太庙建筑群也是由围墙分隔开的三进大殿组成。

《总体规划》将世界一流的建筑与艺术、建筑、教育项目以及创收项目如餐馆、艺术画廊、零售店和高端办公等结合到一起。太庙现有的宏伟历史建筑将进行修缮,修缮后用来举办一些艺术展览——考虑到太庙建筑群的历史价值,只是做了一些微小的改动,改善了内部照明系统便于放置艺术品。太庙建筑群外面可以看见三座新建的建筑,其设计灵感源于中国传统文化。

公司制定了艺术展项目,包括古典、现代、当代展览,一份调度计划;一个长期展柜,展示工会的作用和太庙从封建社会至今的悠久历史;一个中华文明研究中心。