Beijing’s old and decaying factory buildings are getting a new lease of life. Following the success of the 798 art district, former factories and warehouses are being transformed into art spaces and creating a renaissance in arts and culture.
Dream Park, in Caochangdi art village by the Fifth Ring Road, comprises 7,000 sq m of dining rooms, meeting rooms, a drama theater and an art gallery.
Image Base, which covers 100,000 sq m, was started in 2006. Hu Aihua, a real estate developer and, one of the founders and a photography enthusiast, says the opening exhibition about the Sichuan earthquake gave the base a real start after months of preparation.
Hu said, "We have a clear theme for Image Base which is different from 798 art district and other creative industry zones in Beijing. The good thing is that the government is paying attention to the capital’s art zones."
The One is the first and biggest live venue in 718 Good Loft, a newly-developed creative hub, which is 12,000 sq m and located near Gaobeidian, between the eastern Fourth and Fifth ring roads.
Art from Industry reports that since 2006, the Chaoyang district government has laid out plans to develop Gaobeidian, an area along Tonghui River, into a cultural and creative enterprise zone.
An extension of the central business district, more than 10 creative industry projects have been developed in the area, with an investment of $220 million.