798 Art Zone, or Dashanzi Art District, is a part of Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing that houses a thriving artist community.
The area occupied by Beijing 798 Art Zone was once the Beijing North China wireless joint equipment factory (which was known as, 718 Joint Factory). This was built in 1954 and put into production in October 1957. That it is now an artist’s community might be thought ironic.
The buildings are located inside alleys number 2 and 4 on Jiuxianqiao Lu, south of the Dashnziqiao flyover.
The original 718 Joint Factory was designed by a German architectural institution in Dessau, which was strongly influencd by the Bauhaus movement which had, in turn, a strong influence on the design of the original building.
In December 2000 the former six factories of 700, 706, 707, 718, 797, and 798 were reorganized and incorporated into Beijing Sevenstar Science and Technology.
Eventually the unique style of Bauhaus architecture and the convenient location attract many art organizations and artists. They rented what we then thevacant plants and transformed them.
Thus the 798 Art Zone gradually became a district of galleries, art studios, cultural companies, fashion shops — pretty much anything to do with design and the arts. And so it acquired its name — Beijing 798 Art Zone.
Source: EOL.cn and research