Louis Kang is a pioneer in the use of light and shadow in architectural design. He believes that space should be a place where people can feel pure in spirit. Here, some spaces can be “infinite”, but some spaces should be completely “limited”. Different lights lead to different rhythms of the space, and the indoor space produces rich expressions with the change of the light environment.

▲从吧台望向盒子,look at the box from the bar © 吴鉴泉


Making light free and controllable has become the thinking core of designing rayingallery photography space.

▲植物与结构,plant and structure © 吴鉴泉


Space and light are inseparable, because all the spatial experience of architecture should have light. Even in complete darkness, the specific spatial experience mastered only by listening, touching or smelling actually refers to the understanding of space established through vision and light.

▲入口空间,entrance space © 吴鉴泉




The project is located in Wanbailin District, Taiyuan, close to Wanbailin ecological park. The project hopes to build a photography space with a story to record the current life around the brand “keep the moment”. “Light” is a common element in the two different art fields of photography and space. Photography is the art of light, and it is also important for space experience.

▲建筑立面,building facade © 吴鉴泉

▲轴测图,axonometric © HOOOLDESIGN


Light is an important part of photography. Only with light can there be shadow. Photography is to draw with light. How to use the relationship between light and shadow to form images and tones is a key in photography creation.

▲改造过程,renovation process © HOOOLDESIGN


The sun changes its position every minute from sunrise to sunset. Therefore, the light shining on the subject will constantly change its angle with the passage of the sun’s position. With the change of angle, the texture description of the subject surface and the balance of shadow will directly affect the overall performance effect.

▲通透的一层大厅,a transparent first floor hall © 吴鉴泉

▲贯穿一层的连廊,corridor running through the first floor © 吴鉴泉

▲一层大厅回廊,lobby corridor on the first floor © 吴鉴泉


The original building is a steel structure building with a height of 8 meters. The design starts from the concept of the three primary colors of light – “blue, red and green”. These three basic colors that can no longer be decomposed can be combined into countless other colors. These three colors are used as the theme colors of different regional spaces, indicating more changes in the space in the future.

▲另一侧大厅视角,view of the hall on the other side © 吴鉴泉

▲视觉互动,visual interaction ©吴鉴泉

▲回廊细节,ambulatory details ©吴鉴泉


The real spatial experience is physical and multi perceptual. Every eye-catching space and place is bound to have its unique light, and light is usually the spatial characteristic that can directly regulate emotion.

▲回廊内部窗口,cloister interior window ©吴鉴泉


The design scheme takes “a beam of light from the art museum” as the theme, and allows light to give character and expressiveness to the volume, space and surface of the building in space, showing the shape, weight, hardness, texture, temperature, smoothness, temperature and other aspects of the material. While shooting, the space with light as the theme can also help the continuous burst of inspiration.

▲公共区域俯视细节,top view details of public areas ©吴鉴泉

▲公共区域内部,Inside the public area ©吴鉴泉

▲望向一层公共区域内部,looking into the public area on the first floor ©吴鉴泉


Light controls the life process of organisms, and even some human hormone activities depend on light. Light affects our mood, activity and physical level.

▲细节,details ©吴鉴泉


Although light is usually understood as a pure visual phenomenon, it is also associated with tactile perception. In the design, create a space to capture and retain light so that everyone can feel it with their body, which is an understanding and Realization of “eyes can touch” and “eyes can feel”. When you open your eyes and allow this feeling to happen, touch comes out of your eyes, just touch it with your hand.

▲室内“盒子”,Indoor “box” ©吴鉴泉

▲过渡空间,transition space ©吴鉴泉




The design concept takes exhibition as the core of all spaces, builds the whole space form from the “Gallery of light”, and introduces it into the interior through architectural language to form a highly recognizable visual effect and spatial memory. In terms of design, break the conventional applicable area of “one room and one use”, make it meet the requirements of “one room and multiple uses”, endow the space with multiple attributes, promote the interaction between space and people to a greater extent, and form the memory of the brand in space.

▲从廊道看向圆形公共区,from the corridor to the circular public area ©吴鉴泉


Let the space bathe in a piece of light with uncertain direction, so that the light source becomes elusive.

▲圆形公共区细节,circular public area details © HOOOLDESIGN

▲圆形公共区,circular public area © HOOOLDESIGN

▲圆形公共区细节,circular public area details © HOOOLDESIGN

▲廊道踏步,corridor step © HOOOLDESIGN


Through the circular public area opposite the front bar, you can see the cantilevered space boxes, which are independent of each other but full of a certain sense of privacy. Walking down the steps, you will immediately be in a more complex space, and the red light will light up the space. Each space is equipped with openings to ensure its function while retaining the interest of experience.

▲选片区,select photo area © HOOOLDESIGN


In the public space on the first floor, the light is properly sprinkled in the area through the opening of the structure. The building blocks are integrated and interspersed through the design method to make people’s activities more diverse. The design plans the most basic interpersonal communication methods (walking, staying, sitting, viewing, listening and talking) in outdoor communication activities indoors, Only by ensuring that the most basic activities can naturally change into larger and more complex activities.

▲多功能区,multi function area © HOOOLDESIGN

▲多功能区,multi function area © HOOOLDESIGN

▲多功能区,multi function area © HOOOLDESIGN

▲一层廊道尽头,at the end of the corridor on the first floor © HOOOLDESIGN


In the design, the light is not evenly distributed to enhance the sense of place and privacy, creating a soothing shooting experience. The light shining on the wall through the glass seems to slow down, making the sunlight and lighting facilities jump and reflect playfully between the surface and edge of the arc wall. The slit designed in the wall is to squeeze the light into a directional sheet and turn it into an untouchable blade, so as to cut off the darkness in the space.

▲傍晚时分的二层廊道,the second floor corridor in the evening © HOOOLDESIGN


The “ball” placed in the space uses the arc-shaped white surface to emit light. The light and dark contrast created by the surface of these circular corners gives the light an experiential sense of materiality and modeling, and also enhances the sense of presence of the light. This is the cast light, which has the physical sign through the “ball”.

▲傍晚时分的二层廊道,the second floor corridor in the evening © HOOOLDESIGN

▲傍晚时分的二层廊道细节,details of the corridor on the second floor in the evening © HOOOLDESIGN

▲光影不明显的二层廊道,the corridor on the second floor with no obvious light and shadow © HOOOLDESIGN




Only when light is contained in space or embodied through the surface it illuminates can it make people feel its existence in the emotion of experience. In the corridor on the second floor, the natural light penetrated from the facade makes people feel like a beautiful gift given by God to the aisle. Against the dark background, it turns into an oil painting with full atmosphere.

▲一、二层视觉互动,visual interaction © HOOOLDESIGN


In the design, light is also introduced into the interior of the building, and the sectional nature of the window opening is used to create a sacred lighting experience while solving the visual comfort. The thickness of the wall, the depth of the window opening and the section form of the window opening are combined to create a rich and changeable light and shadow picture.

▲二层廊道休息区,corridor rest area on the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层化妆区,makeup area on the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层化妆区,makeup area on the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN


The second floor is the main shooting area, which is used by one large and one small block as the main shooting area. In this vertical space, the design will raise the space, so that shooting can be more “free”. The semi private space structure allows the shooting activities to be displayed, and the guests in the waiting area can also understand the shooting process in advance.

▲二层细节,second floor details © HOOOLDESIGN


In this case, the light is emphasized through the light gray cement top surface. In the public patio area on the second floor, the integration, interleaving, separation and superposition between blocks make the space flexible and changeable. In the process of relationship with shadow and darkness, the value and emotional power of light have been improved.

▲二层洗手间,bathroom on the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层局部,part of the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN


In order to ensure the continuity of space, long and straight walking lines are avoided in the design. Winding and changing paths add interest to the space, and rich transition spaces integrate the spaces of different forms and atmospheres to create an invisible order between situations. The design uses the techniques of traditional Chinese craftsmen to create a space atmosphere, which makes people have the desire to “swim”, and they can enjoy the richness of space when they are in it.

▲一、二层视觉互动,visual interaction © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层与顶部的视觉互动,visual interaction between the second floor and the top © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层通顶无影棚,there is no studio on the second floor © HOOOLDESIGN

▲陈设细节,furnishing details © HOOOLDESIGN

▲拍摄区,photo area © HOOOLDESIGN


Through the planning of moving line, the contact intensity of interpersonal communication will gradually increase with the spatial experience. Not only through the space area design, the activities of different groups such as shop exploration, consultation and shooting are kept private, but also the space boundary is handled flexibly, the door in the traditional sense is removed, and the semi private treatment is made with the poor vision of the building block, so that the space has been “flowing”. Design hopes to provide more opportunities for mutual communication in a relaxed way.



▲一层平面图,first floor plan © HOOOLDESIGN

▲二层平面图,second floor plan © HOOOLDESIGN

▲三层平面图,third floor plan © HOOOLDESIGN


Light injects vitality into space and integrates the material world into images
















Project information——

Project Name: RAyinGallery

Project address: Taiyuan,Shanxi


Main designer: Han Lei

Assistant designers: JiLL 、Huang Debing 、Toren Tseng、Li Jingyi、Zhi Pengfei

Lighting Team:LST Lighting Design


Product Design:AINO HOME

Project area: 1400m2

Design start and end date: 2021.1

Completion time: 2021.5

Main materials: terrazzo、 JCC texture paint

Name of owner: Ren Yanan

Project photographer: Wu Jianquan