In December 2018, a set of fabricated steel installations of 500 square meters were showcased at the front square of the Power Station of Art (PSA) in Shanghai. The creation was completed by GOA in collaboration with students from Tongji University, Southeast University and China Academy of Art. Divided into three parts, namely, “Theatre”, “Exhibition” and “Leisure”, the whole set of spatial structures also present community activities, artistic performances and parent-child games to attract wide participation and spice up the vim and vigor of the blocks in winter. When overlooked from far above, the fascinating Gravitational Field by the riverside looks exactly like a white and light-weight delta.
▼装置整体鸟瞰，aerial view of the entire installation
The Power Station of Art (PSA) is an important cultural landmark in Shanghai. The square at its western entrance is often an unfrequented corner. Under its ground there is a rarely-visited parking lot that is 120 meters long and 30 meters wide. The Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) that borders on the west side is an office area in operation, and is still evolving. The square at night sees some visitors, mainly residents going for a walk or doing some sports. We hope to reasonably arrange human activities through spaces of distinctive functions.
▼装置位于上海当代艺术馆前广场，为人们提供更多活动选择，the installation located in front of the PSA, providing more choices of activities for people
Exhibition – Exhibition of No Exhibition
▼设计图纸，展场如同一个取景器，technical drawing, the Exhibition itself became an installation that captured a unique view
Each day during the 20 days of the Gravitational Field activities, an artist would exhibit his/her works at the Exhibition site between 9:00 and 17:00, and such exhibition was named “X FLASH”. After 17:00, the site was completely cleared, with no exhibit left. Thus, while meeting the needs for exhibition, young designers created the experience of an Exhibition of No Exhibition: The enormous chimney of PSA became an exhibit per se in the Exhibition section. The translucent corner bathed in sun attracted people to bend down to walk from the horizontally extending low entrance into a pyramid-like Exhibition space. A huge triangular tall window faced PSA, and accurately framed the towering chimney. As a result, the Exhibition itself became an installation that captured a unique view.
▼展场外观，external view of the Exhibition
▼展场内部，interior of the Exhibition
Theatre – Come and Go
▼剧场外观，external view of the theater
The Theatre is a space for performance and a place for people to have a good rest. The designers exploited the possibilities of the structure. “Come & Go” characterized the shape of the structure and was a metaphor for the gatherings and separations of human beings. The Theatre was arranged diagonally, with one end standing high by the side of the street and inviting the attention of passers-by. Those visiting the Power Station of Art (PSA) could also watch performances on the stage upon entering or exiting from the PSA. At the opening ceremony on December 8, the Elephant Band presented exciting original rock music performances on the stage, which rocked all those present. The later activities made the theatre truly come into life, and children’s ingenious uses of the structure also injected unique vigor into it.
▼剧场为人们提供更多的活动空间，theater provided more space for different activities
▼剧场设计和施工过程，design and construction process of the theater
Leisure – Under the Floating Clouds
Through a series of records and surveys, the designers found that daytime crowds and activities in the space were different from nighttime ones. From this perspective, the designers came up with a uniquely open space design for “Leisure” by picturing the space as layers of clouds floating above the square and building it as a link between the Exhibition and the Theatre. In this way, the whole space looked full of fun and originality.
▼趣场鸟瞰，aerial view of the leisure space
▼趣场流线分析，circulation diagram of the leisure space
The artists wove a Mobius-styled passage with red threads under the “clouds”. The white clouds, rays of light, shadows, and thin yet tight threads all contributed to the powerful expression of the space.
▼红线编织的通道，passage with red threads
▼趣场夜景，night view of the leisure space
▼装置整体夜景，night view of the entire installation
Project Location: Western Square of the Power Station of Art
Design + Setup: 4 months
Period of Existence: 20 days
Budget: RMB 300 thousand
Weight Capacity: 350kg /m2; no ground damage is allowed
Designed in: December, 2018
Designed by: GOA
Design Team: Wang Yan, Chief Architect with GOA
Yang Tianzhou and Deng Xifan from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Zhang Xu and Qiao Runze from the Department of Architecture, Southeast University
Li Jiawen and Yu Siyuan from the School of Architecture, China Academy of Art