WUXI, China – The skilful use of light and materials give an interesting twist to the ceramic exhibition pavilion by Gengshang Design. Beyond complementing the art, the exhibition space extends and immerses visitors in the craftsmanship and aesthetic of the ceramics on display. The modular grid layout of the tiles in the façade is based on the concept of the reconstruction of light and shadow, made possible through the use of stacking to create the effect of bright and dark layers.
The interior design studio achieved the idea of beauty as communication between materials in developing the space. Light plays a leading role in each part of the exhibition, becoming a material in its own right with its power to show a variety of morphological expressions. After all, lighting not only determines the physical appearance of the space and the objects, but also impacts the way people feel; here, ceramics are illuminated by cold light, allowing for a clear and unemotional experience of the exhibits. Black-and-white contrasts enhance the mood, with grey and steel shades paired with glossy marble surfaces.
Geometric patterns in marble contribute an elegant twist to the museum atmosphere, while a glass floor is used to display additional ceramic tiles – resembling an archeological site unveiling new discoveries. Amplification of the original space is achieved through a mirroring effect: such as using the same material for the ceiling and the floor, or creating a new visual dimension by putting mirrors on the ceiling. Walls made from a collage of fragmented mirrors further dilate the location and alter the perception of space, offering visitors the feeling of unreality. Light is manipulated in various ways throughout the exhibition, which in turn manipulates the experience of the space and objects.