Objects from our Museum-Objects from our Industrial Heritage
The permanent exhibition space design for the Pingtung Tobacco Factory is located in the Pingtung 1936 Tobacco Culture Base. The exhibition space is located in historical architecture which is the former tobacco factory building and equipment. We observe the spatial order in historic architecture, the transparency of light from the old windows, and the metal texture of the tobacco equipment forming the basic tone of the space. The design attempts to maintain and preserve the existing spatial structure and spatial gaps. The new exhibition displays are inserted as new spatial interpretations of the old and the new.
Responding to the Primitive Space with Singularity, the Space is the Exhibition
The historical factory building reflects a certain charm from its original space and machinery. The existing spatial sequence has inspired the exhibit design through the structural members and objects. It serves as the fundamental nutrients of the museum’s exhibition. Starting from spatial exhibition (spatial objects), this design attempts to respond to the factory’s architectural status in a simple and pure way. The light metallic materials and reflections become the principal axis, supporting the foundation that provides information of the exhibition. The original intention was to show as little trace of design as possible. By creating spatial objects, the design rediscovers the old spatial order and the exhibition informs simply based on materials corresponding to our expectations. The objects, made of single galvanized metal under bending structures and levers, are placed in every area. Like the existing machinery or assistive equipment, they correspond to and guide both natural and artificial light. The colors and lines become languages that help us read.
There are three main design areas. With metal as the main material clue, it allows existing textures and knowledge to be transferred in different spatial corners and angles. The main entry and the laboratory exhibits are approached through the corridor of the old windows. Using metal frames and folded plates and dim lighting acting as a visual guide, one is directed to the display of old objects and tobacco leaves. Except for the area exhibiting tobacco processing, the outer corridor is handicap accessible. The metal trusses, expansion nets and the visitors represent the new expressions of the old building. Through various reflections new visual relationships between the old equipment and the façade are inferred. Besides the tobacco curing machine, through metallic shapes and frames, a yellow diffused lights guides the visitor forward. The pediment roof and the huge mechanical structures represent the layers and narratives of history.