Our purpose for this project is to engage both the past and the future of the people of Beijing, looking both to their ancestral roots and to the reality of a growing global health crisis. The design of the new market must embrace the role of culture in a sustainable future.
The deterministic and systematic understanding of sustainability neglects an all-important element in reaching a new paradigm in the relationship of society and nature: Wellness. In other words, Wellness refers to the individual consciousness and actions that lead towards global change. If wellness relates to the individual and society to the interactions among individuals, the overlap between these is the expression of individuality through society: culture. Arts and Sports are understood as major elements of a society’s culture and integrated into the program.
Wellness programs that are not traditionally found in markets are incorporated. Culture transcends in the form of tradition, art & craft, and wellness & fitness towards a holistic understanding of sustainability. We expressed these concerns through an architecture that is efficient, timeless, and relevant to exploration of a contemporary Beijing antiques market.