MAD architects: ordos museum completed
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sep 21, 2011
MAD architects: ordos museum completed


‘ordos museum’ by MAD architects, ordos inner mongolia, china
video still of main entrance and facade
video © MAD architects

chinese practice MAD architects has sent us a video featuring their completed ‘ordos museum’ located in ordos,
inner mongolia, china. the film has been directed by niu han who has captured the interior and exterior structure
of the art and city museum. the undulating mass represents the crossroads faced by the surrounding community
which is striving to interpret their local traditions within the newly constructed urban context. commissioned in
2005 as the masterplan for the metropolis was created, the domed form is intended to contain the cultural history
of the region while resisting the rational and geometric urban grid.

final completion of this center offers a moment of pause for the residents whom have endured years of construction
and finally gather within the space. the past and contemporary are joined into one location, providing the young
community with a new spirit. extensive roof glazing will introduce cascading light through the continuous interior
while polished metal louvers filter solar gain and introduce natural ventilation.

see designboom’s initial coverage of this project here.


video still of stairs leading to main entrance
video © MAD architects

ma yansong, founder of MAD architects will be speaking at the designboom conversation: contemporary chinese
architecture from the outside in
at beijing design week 2011.


video still of site approach
video © MAD architects


video still of museum interior view
video © MAD architects


exterior during construction
image courtesy of silencium07


installation of roof glazing and metal panels
image courtesy of silencium07


video © MAD architects

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