Baitasi Hutong Gallery is located in Baita Pagoda Historical and Cultural Preservation Area in the Xicheng District of Beijing. In addition to the siheyuan (traditional courtyard homes) within the hutong, there are a large number of two-story concrete buildings in this area. These buildings, constructed in the 1980’s and 1990’s, were favored by local residents needing more living space. The Hutong Gallery takes this restructuring scheme even further and facilities for public use are introduced in the Hutong block, including public exhibition halls and resident art studios, providing new places for community events and cultural exchanges.
The Hutong Gallery was built in the heart of the Hutong streets in Beijing. A gallery and artist residential centre for the area designed by Architect Xu Tiantian. Abi Wade was inspired by the fluidity of the light in the building and how each room is connected to the floors below and above by channels of light.
Fascinated by the acoustics of the space, Abi systematically recorded the reverb of each room and the sound of her footsteps moving through the whole perimeter of the building. Using this as the structure and sound bed for the track, Abi designed the piece to progress with the change in acoustics as she moved from room to room.