In Hangzhou, China, the Golong Wormhole by PINES ARCH is an experimental space for events and exhibitions. The space allows for flexible programming and a striking visual that represents the transformative brand of Golong, a beauty and wellness conglomerate.
The project comprises three interdependent interconnected gallery spaces with the wormhole, an immersive space that tied the galleries together, serving as the exhibition’s anchor point. The wormhole is the only part of the concept that is not rectilinear, instead featuring a sinuous geometry that undulates in a shell-like manner that suggests both motion and speed.
During events, the Wormhole can accommodate approximately 60 people. When there are no events taking place, the Wormhole serves as a contemplative space where employees can unwind.
Structurally, the Wormhole is made with a frame of galvanized steel studs welded on-site after layout and placement was confirmed by projecting curves onto a grid. The frame is lined with a fibre-cement backer board, with GRC panels custom made for each curve. From a secondary steel frame bolted into the floor slab above, moulded GRB panels on the upper portion of the Wormhole shell are suspended from steel cables. Frosted acrylic is inserted between the hanging panels to create a transparent appearance.
On either end of the wormhole, rectilinear galleries act as anchors. The measured, grid-like nature of the coffered ceilings contrasts against the freeform experience of the Wormhole. The walls of the galleries were plastered by hand and feature polished epoxy floors. Gallery spaces can be subdivided with automatic glass partitions concealed into a pocket wall. Built to be a half wall, the coffered ceilings can extend beyond.