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SEALING MEMORIES IN VARIOUS FORMS UNTIL THE LIGHT APPROACHES
Upon entering the door, in the center of cool and avant-garde solid wood floor stained with soft-stem bulrush, the long glass case is covered with warm light, and the moss decoration inside as the main material floats like a cloud. This set of planting art decoration was originally a chair stool. This space is surrounded by a beige gray façade and one end is hidden with a matte frosted acrylic screen. A blurred figure appeared from the opening similar to the ticket booth of the art museum. It turns out that it is a space starting point for traditional Chinese medicine treatment and SPA care testing.
ARTISTIC EXHIBITION AND FROZEN TIME
“Aqua Health Clinic” is a new brand launched in Sanlitun, Beijing, gets rid of the ancient background of old medicine cabinets and smell of aged medicinal herbs. It attempts to use cosmetic SPA and technological atmosphere to twist the old impression of traditional Chinese medicine. It uses medical principles of pulse diagnosis and medication and food therapies as the approach to design specific treatment for visitors to relieve physical and psychological fatigue. This place enables people to jointly shape the contemporary 5-senses culture through space, diet, and SPA, as well as experience the ancient internal and external health cultivation of traditional Chinese medicine.
Coincidentally, Aqua Health Clinic (水相事務所) shares the same name in Chinese with “Waterfrom Design” (水相設計) located several thousand kilometers away in Taipei, whose name also implies water. Due to such coincidence, Aqua Health Clinic cooperates with Waterfrom Design to jointly create a space subverting people’s collective memory about traditional Chinese medicine. The philosophical background of five elements and medicinal herbs in Compendium of Materia Medica both are presented in new sensory forms through design conversion techniques.
Our goal is to enable visitors receiving the diagnosis and treatment of traditional Chinese medicine or SPA care to experience the tenderness in the environment rich in technological and medical principles. Such tenderness comes from the sense of slowness of detachment from time and space, refinement, and endless aftertaste from art. Therefore, the use of “Exhibition of Frozen Time” as the design idea was initiated.