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Unraveling the Beauty of the Sky Light Gallery: A White Geometric Wonder

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

Zhu Yumeng

People’s Architecture Office has created an extraordinary architectural marvel known as the Sky Light Gallery. Located in TANKO Park, in Beijing‘s Mentougou District, this building is made up of a series of sophisticated white geometric forms. The gallery is strategically positioned on an elevated site, providing breathtaking views of TANKO Park and its surroundings. Serving as a central point for exhibitions and events, the Sky Light Gallery acts as a focal point for visitors, marking the end of a prominent park route.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

The building’s striking geometries serve multiple purposes. The lower half of the folded facade seamlessly integrates public seating, inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the outdoor area. As the facade separates, it reveals openings that lead to the gallery’s interior. Towering pyramidal structures act as both light wells and recognizable landmarks, allowing sunlight to flood the interior and serving as beacons within and outside the park.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

Inside the gallery, the entire ceiling is adorned with a grid of skylight modules. These modules, intricately crafted into twisting hyperbolic paraboloid forms, diffuse natural light from above, creating a consistent and luminous glow that is perfect for showcasing exhibitions.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

Extensive simulations have been conducted to ensure that the space is not directly exposed to harsh sunlight and that fluctuations in natural light are minimized. The skylight modules effectively filter out strong sunlight, resulting in a softly illuminated interior bathed in even daylight.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

To enhance the gallery’s ambiance during nighttime or cloudy days, artificial lighting is seamlessly integrated into the bottom frame of the skylight modules. This diffused lighting is reflected downwards, illuminating the gallery space and accentuating the sculptural quality of the ceiling’s design.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

The geometry of the skylight modules is a marvel in itself. It consists of a hyperbolic paraboloid form, created by surfaces that stretch across the edges and diagonals of each face of a cube. These customized modules are made of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GRC) and are set within a sturdy steel frame.

Sky Light Gallery, Beijing, CN / PAO | People’s Architecture Office

The Sky Light Gallery truly stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of art, architecture, and nature. Its innovative design and thoughtful integration of natural and artificial lighting make it a captivating space for both artists and visitors alike.

Images courtesy of Zhu Yumeng and PAO | People’s Architecture Office