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Various Associates Designed an Art School in Blue & White with the Concept of Creative Factory

Abandoned riverside building complex

Located in Shenzhen, the project is an art high school centering on international art programs, which is affiliated to Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA). Various Associates was invited to transform several abandoned riverside buildings in an urban village into its campus.


Client: AIP Art School, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Designer: Various Associates

Photographer: ZC Architectural Photography Studio / Yongmao Li

The school required rapid construction in a limited budget, and an artistic campus atmosphere that fits into its attribute. Through renovation and regeneration, the project will bring new spaces that balance art education with daily life in the neighborhood where it's situated.

Constraints turned into design solutions