jinan bocuiminghu textile culture and arts exhibition hall

jinan bocuiminghu textile culture and arts exhibition hall

the former glory of Chinese Jinan City’s textile industry dates back to 1915. In 1919, Lufeng Spinning Mill was built and later became Jinan’s first national cotton factory. the second, third and fourth plants then unite to form what are known as the “four golden flowers”. the tides of time, however, took away their fame and forced all four factories to stop production. Even so, the National Fourth Cotton Factory has remained in the limelight as a heritage building and witness to the rise and fall of the cotton textile industry in northern China. Overall, the old factory workshops are well preserved and retain their original architectural layout and style, reflecting the textile era.

Today, China-based YI+MU Design Office is fully resurrect the heritage site of the 4th national cotton factory by transforming it into a new living community. To better preserve the rich history and memories associated with the site, several original buildings are intended for renovation and reuse. ‘the objective is to preserve the traces of history and to breathe new life into the new project”, shared the design office. as a result, the jinan bocuiminghu textile culture and arts exhibition hall comes to life.

all pictures by xiangyu sun, YI+ MU design bureau

time, light and traces: revisiting history in a double and modern space

looking at the long-abandoned high-rise structure of the main textile workshop, YI + MU design office team was deeply impressed by the strong sense of a once turbulent time and the brilliant daylight cascading from the wide expanse of a jagged skylight. even more, the mottled walls and the worn and neglected rooms mainly communicated the feeling of traveling back in time. the designers therefore defined the theme of “time, light and traces”. they explain : “As the minutes pass, the light and shadows cast on the objects change and slowly move, leaving only very vague traces of past moments when apparently nothing happened. […] with the change of age and the refreshing of our minds, we begin to realize and experience in our hearts the impacts and alterations brought about by time.

with this in mind, the team realized a dual space, serving as a community and retail center that revisits history in a modern context. the theme naturally revolves around textile culture, intended to transmit and revive the deep history of the city. in doing so, the project hopes to improve participation and engagement. it also expects to build a place where people are willing to participate in a hands-on, creative experience and admire the allure of fabric-making techniques.

jinan bocuiminghu textile culture and arts exhibition hall

in addition to functioning as a sales center, the venue also hosts small exhibitions, arts education opportunities, cultural exchange fairs, hands-on learning experiences, craft workshops, family and community events, a textile library and a market for cultural and creative products. Combined, these functions allow visitors to understand the traditional and modern techniques of spinning, weaving and dyeing Chinese textiles through various activities. finally, above the center of the exhibition hall, 1,500 suspended weaving shuttles are intended to form a unique art installation and serve as its most eye-catching visual element.

Jinan Bocuiminghu Textile Arts and Culture Exhibition Hall was commissioned by the real estate company jiinke group and was officially completed in June 2021.

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a matrix of coarse textures, deep tones and 5,000 spindles

to articulate this sense of time and memory, the designers set the overall tone using warm, dark colors. they also injected bold, coarse surface textures alongside simple lines to shape a stimulating frame with a touch of heavy metal. moreover, a “skin” of red brick emphasizes the industrial aesthetic of the old workshops. at the same time, wood-based materials soften the harsh, cold mechanical backdrop — lending a relaxed intimacy to the surroundings. structurally, the architecture is reinforced from the inside with fortified columns and beams that form the skeleton.

reinforcement of the cultural layer is approximately 5,000 spindles that form a spellbinding matrix with a keen sense of spatial sequencing. ‘the dense spindles form an isolated yet integral part of the composite scene, presenting a strong perceptual presence of modern art installations. they combine into a seamless, endlessly immersive experience that recalls the bustle of the many looms and takes visitors back in time to that era of pure passion,” build the team.

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