Songzhuang Artist Village

Songzhuang has received a continuous influx of young artists and art-related industries in the past few years, which has accompanied the rise in popularity of Chinese contemporary art over the last decade. The local courtyard homes that originally housed village natives are now largely leased to outsiders and are in high demand. The intermingling of the original village and its inhabitants with artists, art-related industries, and small businesses, as well as the growth of Songzhuang’s non-native population, have inevitably led to an increased concentration of architecture in Songzhuang. Under this confluence of circumstances, small and medium-sized apartments, office buildings, galleries, and small businesses have developed naturally to satisfy local demand. In contrast to government-backed integrated development projects, Song Zhuang’s new construction projects are distinctive in that they are often funded and managed by multiple private parties. Dongrun Apartments is one such collective endeavor. Its intended purpose and management style are made manifest in its design, shedding light on the building’s local cultural setting.

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© Songzhuang International Photo Biennale (Songzhuang Photo).