A Former Residence Morphs into Light-Filled Gallery in Shenzhen, China
Surrounded by lush gardens, the KennaXu Gallery in Shenzhen, China displays the beauty of nature alongside the contemporary art that lines its walls. The simplistic ’90s structure and former residence, located in the community where gallery owner Kenna Xu grew up, offers locals a new hub in which to gather given the building’s transformation by DA INTEGRATING LIMITED. Marked with structural challenges, the original space featured a low ceiling on the first floor and a disordered and fragmented layout on the second. To open the building, the design team carved out “frames” on the facade and installed expansive glass partitions throughout, enabling light to flood in. The minimalistic gallery now offers visitors a serene spot for viewing art and nature, perhaps a stone’s throw away from their front door.