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Gallery in the Sand

On a quiet stretch of beach along the coast of Bohai Bay in northern China, OPEN designed an art gallery hidden in the sand dunes, like a cluster of mysterious Caves.

Countless years of the wind pushed the sand to form a strip of sand dune along the shore a few meters high, and stabilized by the low rising shrubs and ground covers. Inspired by kids’ tirelessly digging in the sand, this art space is carved in the sand dunes. ‘Digging’ created a series of connected soft spaces, much like caves – the primal form of human inhabitance, and the earliest site for mankind’s artistic creations.