Strolling in Anren，
Anren, an ancient town on the outskirts of Chengdu, Sichuan, is famous for its well-preserved Chinese-style courtyards and private houses from the Republican era of China. The town also carries with it the story of China’s transformative years during the first half of the 20th century. The active founding partners of Acts and Pathway’s led a team of designers to Anren several times to prepare for the exhibition design.
The inspiration for the design derived from on-site research is dramatically revealed in the sequential halls of the exhibition. The designers developed interactive installations by incorporating iconic elements from the Republican era, like phonographs, kaleidoscopes, as well as furniture which fuses Chinese and Western styles together. When we re-implanted these installations into the centuries-old building, the story of Anren’s past began to unfold layer after layer in front of the audience.