ChinaHouse, a household name among locals, is an ambitious institution housing several dining halls, a wine bar, a library, a central courtyard, myriad performance spaces, a gift shop and two art galleries. Art Space I displays the works of mainly local artists, while Art Space II is reserved for photographic works. Both galleries are located on the first floor and are accessible via rickety flights of stairs, where the former ingeniously incorporates the heritage shoplot’s original architecture, letting in shafts of natural sunlight from a sky roof, while the latter is tucked away in a peaceful corner of the shoplot. We like that the owners are receptive to featuring new artists. They even encourage customers in the restaurant to create art by providing mahjong paper and crayons while you eat. Furthermore, personnel from art organisations can look to ChinaHouse for a roof over their heads while visiting Penang.