Design unveiled for Guardian Arts Center in Beijing

Büro Ole Scheeren's design for a new HQ for the Chinese auction house to include a cultural complex and leisure centre

The Guardian Arts Center, Beijing. Photo: Büro Ole Scheeren

China Guardian, the world’s fourth-largest auction house and Beijing’s oldest one, has unveiled the design for its new Guardian Arts Center by architecture firm Büro Ole Scheeren, The Financial Times reports. Conceived as a cultural complex, the building will house a museum, the auction house and an event space, as well as a hotel and restaurant in its upper section.

Located two blocks away from the Forbidden City, China Guardian’s new HQ sits at ‘the intersection between culture and commerce, which is exactly where an auction house needs to be’, Scheeren told the FT. Based in Beijing for over a decade, Scheeren has designed several major buildings across Asia, including the Mahanakhon in Bangkok, Angkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur and DUO, in Singapore. 

10 March 2015.