Why do humans need to meet and discuss?
How to make thought and creativity take precedence over consumption and money worship in an era and field where young power is exploding?
How to make people get the passion for life again?
How to get inner joy, want to hug the friends around you, and feel the inner power?
DUTS design has recently finished the neXtlab Yu Art Museum in TX huaihai mall, together with CCC ArtLAB and AKIMBO X Art Coffee，created an innovative experimental space for Shanghai that combines art, coffee, bar, art retail and events, it shows the cutting-edge art trend of diversification and integration. The fusion of futuristic cold tones and woody warmth in the space is like a dialogue between rationality and sensibility, and the fusion of art and fashion. Step into this space and you are in the future.
空间位于上海最繁华的淮海路上，横跨TX淮海的三到四层。TX淮海作为策展型零售（CURETAIL: Curated Retail）的先行者，倡导 “Digital数字化、Oasis绿洲、Urban都市、X（Collaboration）跨界”为城市永续发展的核心理念，为新消费社群创造一个传递多元文化与年轻生活方式的平台。
The space is located on Shanghai’s most prosperous Huaihai Road, across the third to fourth floors of TX Huaihai. TX Huaihai mall is the pioneer of CURETAIL（Curated Retail），advocating “Digital , Oasis , Urban, and X （Collaboration）”as the core of sustainable urban development and aiming to create a platform to deliver multicultural and young lifestyles for new consumer communities. It is both a brand new curatorial shopping mall and trendy landmark for the public.
NeXtLAB is run by the owners of TX Huaihai mall. Since TX is a new CURETAIL business model aimed at young people, the owner also hope to create a multi-functional space for people to “STAY LONG”in TX Huaihai mall.
Chapter 1 ·城市
Y-axis: over 40-meter large terrace, viewing urban and nature
The space faces the street, with over 40 meters viewing terrace of Huaihai Road, which is also a big highlight of the site. In order to preserve and enlarge this space advantage, the designer created an over 40-meters terrace in the form of an integrated suspension structure. By elevating the terrace to a height of about 40 cm, a full floor-to-street look and feel is formed.
▲巧妙提升的40公分，让白色露台形成一种“反引力”的戏剧表达，并形成全落地的观景体验。悬浮露台的抬高尺度让人可坐可站，在空间中带来轻松自然的休闲氛围。The ingeniously elevated 40cm allows the white terrace to form a dramatic expression of “anti-gravity” and form a full-fledged viewing experience. The raised scale of the suspended terrace allows people to sit and stand, bringing a relaxing and natural atmosphere in the space.
▲与繁华的街景呼应，露台正面以全镜面铺装，既放大了空间尺度，又增加了空间与城市的对话。Echoing the bustling street scene, the front of the terrace is paved with a full mirror surface, which not only enlarges the spatial scale, but also increases the dialogue between the space and the city.
Chapter 2 ·建筑
Museum crushing in TX Huaihai
Next to the main building of TX Huaihai, there is a five-story auxiliary building that intersects it. The fifth floor of the auxiliary building and the fourth floor of the main building form an “occlusal” relationship in the space. The difference in highlights between the two buildings also make this space have a high difference.
Such a venue “disadvantage” also brings more dramatic expressions for space. Using the high differences between the main building and the counterpart and the structure, DUTS’s designers let the art museum’s exhibition hall through another building, forming an art museum”crushing in TX Huaihai” .
The “white light box” suspended in the air makes the art exhibition the visual center of the entire space. Along the steps, the audience opens a dialogue with art. The concise space lines ensure the integrity of the exhibition space pattern and present the artworks of art in a more pure way.
Opposite the art gallery is Akimbo X Art Coffee.
NeXtLAB, it is not only an art museum, a coffee store, a creative IP incubator, You can call it “a laboratory with no definition: a temporary dwelling place for artistic souls, a gathering place for inspiration, and a container for ideas and possibilities.” Anyone can meet a different self here.
Chapter 3 ·物
10m！ cantilever anti-gravity coffee bar
呼应对LAB的先锋实验特性，DUTS的设计师为Akimbo X 设计了极具科技感的“反重力”咖啡吧台，犀利的线条成为空间里一道独特而充满想象力的X线条，带来超乎寻常的震撼视觉感受。
Creating a more technically skillful experience for LAB space, DUTS designer designed a “anti-gravity” coffee bar for Akimbo X. The sharp lines have passed the space, bringing extraordinary shock visual feelings.
Through the hidden and visual “wedge” blind spot, the designer makes a “suspension state” carrying the coffee machinery and all the upper water-related functions. Single arms have a single arm for more than 10 meters, loaded with 200kg, breaking through the structural limitation.
DUTS created a Metal coffee bar can carry all water in & out and load-bearing capacity over 200kg, presented with an ultra-thin look
Chapter 4 ·场
XLab：Move to the future
X, taken from next, is the future of tomorrow
LAB, space for experimentation and innovation
neXtlab, An experimental field of discovery, discussion and mutual learning
neXtlab , 让我们的思想处于积极地并肩未来最前沿
neXtlab ,Keep our thoughts at the fore front of the future
By using the large steps between the original three or four layers, DUTS’s designers extend the NEXTLAB’s space entry from the original four layers to three layers, so that the energy and flexibility of the entire field are greatly enhanced.
Entering the field, you will embark on a new journey of “to the future”.
Through the simple material changes of the top and sides, the open staircase becomes a place for art exhibition and people’s resting place. The relatively compact commercial space opens up a place for activities that make people suddenly enlightened. The combination of stainless steel material and folds brings out a sense of the future in the continuous waves.
neXtlab brings together the most cutting-edge innovation and the most dynamic lifestyle. In terms of space language, the designer also hopes to use the most extreme “X” to echo the pursuit of extreme innovation and youth, while release the greatest potential of the space .
“We hope that this space is “Growable” with a vibrant“Youth Power”integrated in its genes. It is what we have absorbed from the TX Huaihai Malll and hope to empower the space. We don’t want to limit it with any so-called “definition”. It can be an art museum, a cafe, a bookstore, or a pop space. We hope that it will carry this infinitely possible “Youth Power”, To break through the imagination, to grow freely, and present its most natural and healthy look.”
——Zhong Ling, founder of DUTS Design, architect
“NeXtlab is launching now. It takes inspiration from the urban, and creates artistic spiritual oasis in noisy sound: here, our innermost heart is closest to tranquility, and our soul will be closest to truth. At this moment, there is a space lead us to all possibilities. None of the thoughts will be missed, and we are moving towards truth and talent.”
——NeXtlab Producer: Li Shi
▲空间生成爆炸图 explode diagram
A city that grows naturally, an undefined “growable space”, is recording the lifestyle and natural growth of countless young people in the city. Facing the most prosperous Huaihai Road in Shanghai, it is a street dance classroom, a fashion show stage, a TED forum, or a relaxing place with friends and coffee.
“Young people can bring great vitality to the city, and similarly, the high-quality urban humanistic space can soothe more young hearts.” The skyline and times passing by make us more connected with this city.
Echoing the diversified and fusion of cutting-edge art trends and lifestyles, DUTS design created the “Growable LAB” with innovative spatial language. Pure white, cold gray, and warm wood colors blend in an orderly manner in the space, art, technology, and lifestyle are organically integrated and grow infinitely, making urban life full of more possibilities.
Project name：TX Huaihai neXtLAB YU ART MUSEUM
Location: 3-4F, TX HUAIHAI, No. 523 Huaihai Road, HuangPu District, Shanghai. China
Client: Xuanzhan Culture（NEXTLAB）
Area: 765 sqm
Architect in charge: Ling Zhong
Architectural design:Jiangjian Su, Michael Shi, Guangjian Zhou,Tianyang Gu
Structural Engineer：XinY Structural Consultants
More info: DUTS design http://www.dutsdesign.com/