The Guardian Art Center will be the first purpose-built art centre for auctions in the country. Designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, it includes nearly 20,000 sq ft of column-free exhibition space, two salerooms, a hotel and cafes.
The site of the new building is at the intersection of Wangfujing, Beijing’s famous shopping street, and Wusi Dajie, and is close to the Forbidden City and opposite the NAMOC (National Art Museum of China).
Ole Scheeren, principal of Büro Ole Scheeren, said: “The Guardian Art Center is a lot more than just a museum. It is a Chinese puzzle of interlocking cultural spaces and public functions that fuse art and culture with events and lifestyle.”
The opening marks the 25th anniversary of China Guardian, the country's oldest auction house and the world’s fourth largest by sales volumes. Based in Beijing, the firm also operates in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and the US.