Dangrove reflects architecture that is innovative, enduring, and sustainable. This storage facility for an exceptional collection of contemporary Chinese art also functions as an exhibition, screening, and performance space. The design objective was to deliver architecture that would be highly functional and deliver excellent working conditions for all staff.
From the outset, the client was committed to the concept of a 100-year life for the building – the architecture enables Dangrove to evolve beyond the original purpose to address an unforeseeable future. The client was also determined that the building be environmentally sustainable – passive environmental design and innovative sustainable technologies were integral to the design.
The wedge-shaped building maximises the available space to store and display the client’s collection. Utilising the north-facing roof to optimise the performance of the 598 PV panel array, significantly reduces energy consumption from the grid to deliver a climatically stable indoor environment. All rainwater is collected, filtered, and stored to service the mechanical equipment, clean, and irrigate the courtyard garden.
Located in a flood-prone zone, a key component of the design is the perimeter double-walled fire escape with inbuilt drainage system. This provides an extra level of security as well as acting as a double barrier against fire and water.
Spaces within Dangrove have been designed for flexibility –the 90-metre long Great Hall is at the heart of art and performance functions, serving as a studio and workspace for maintenance and curatorial functions.
Dangrove demonstrates a commitment to creating architecture that is timeless, considered, and appropriate. It also represents an intense degree of collaboration with expert consultants and the builder. Above all, Dangrove is testimony of the global contribution of a highly engaged client, whose vision and commitment made this project possible.