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The modular, transportable shipping container has found renewed purpose in many forms: as a hotel in the French Alps, a conceptual home in the desert…  and even as a Starbucks in Taiwan. Osaka-based practice JAM, headed by architect Jun Murata, takes the object down the artistic route with Meditation Space for Creation: a 78-square meter contemporary art space for Beijing’s creative community.

The centre is composed of several colourful containers stacked on top of each other, the different volumes serving as art galleries, visiting artist accommodation units, and work and exhibition spaces. The interiors are a clean white palette, ready to accommodate the contemporary and avant-garde works. Murata also added a volume called The Tunnel, a 12 meter-long container with a water feature on one end, which reflects the changing landscape on its surface all year long and serves a calming, meditative balance to the dynamic art. More work by Jun Murata here.

Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation
Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation
Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation
Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation
Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation
Jun Murata JAM Meditation Space for Creation

Photography © courtesy of JAM

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