iwan baan photographs ordos museum by MAD architects
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dec 13, 2011
iwan baan photographs ordos museum by MAD architects

‘ordos museum’ by MAD architects, ordos, china
image © iwan baan
all images courtesy MAD architects

dutch photographer iwan baan has documented the recently completed and opened ‘ordos museum’ in ordos, china by
beijing-based practice MAD architects. situated at the create of a dune-like hill, the building appears to have landed
from another world into the recently created urban center within the once gobi desert. the masterplan is mindful of the existing
cultural traditions of the area while addressing the progress and future of the city, allowing the community to congregate and lounge
within the surrounding plazas. surfaced with metal panels, the undulating exterior protects the interior from the region’s harsh winters
and sand storms.

upon entering the museum, an atrium with characteristics of a cave and canyon become apparent, introducing swaths of daylight
from above along with shadowed passages leading towards galleries. a series of bridges traverse the chasm from one void to another
guided by the changes in illumination. residents of the area may circulate through the interior to efficiently cross from one side of
the site to the other without entering exhibitions. employees of the center are provided a natural work environment with office and research spaces which flank a south-facing internal garden.

to view the complete set of photographs, click here.

see designboom’s initial coverage of the museum during construction and substantial completion.

approach to the main entrance
image © iwan baan

observation area
image © iwan baan

observation area
image © iwan baan

louvered facade
image © iwan baan

main entrance
image © iwan baan

(left) main entrance
(right) entrance
images © iwan baan

(left) lobby
(right) atrium
images © iwan baan

(left) atrium
(right) stairs crossing through atrium
images © iwan baan

(left) view through atrium from upper gallery
(right) window overlooking surrounding grounds
images © iwan baan

image © iwan baan

video © MAD architects

ma yansong, co-founder of MAD architects
portrait © designboom

project info:

location: ordos, china
typology: museum
site area: 27,760 sqm
building area: 41, 227 sqm
building height: 40 m

directors: ma yansong, yosuke hayano, dang qun
design team: shang li, andrew c. bryant, howard jiho kim, matthias helmreich, linda stannieder, zheng tao,
qin lichao, sun jieming, yin zhao, du zhijian, yuan zhongwei, yuan ta, xie xinyu, liu weiwei, felipe escudero,
sophia tang, diego perez, art terry, jtravis b russett, dustin harris

associate engineers: china institute of building standard design & research
mechanical engineer: the institute of shanxi architectural design and research
façade/cladding consultants: sup ingenieure gmbh, melendez & dickinson architects
construction contractor: huhehaote construction co., ltd
façade contractor: zhuhai king glass engineering co.ltd

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