henn architekten: nantong urban planning museum
‘nantong urban planning museum’ by henn architekten, nantong, chinaimage © bartosz kolonko
german firm henn architekten has just inaugurated the new ‘nantong urban planning museum’ on the east-west axis of the central river, in a culturally developing region of nantong. a 16 meter square-footprint box floating above an inset glass base offers spaces for exhibitions, a cafe, offices, conference rooms and a bookstore. the predominant feature of the project is the double skin system, with the inner transparent envelope thermally sealing the interior. the exterior layer is a parametrically designed shading system on a diagonal-axis reticular frame system. made of individual removable components, each skewed diamond-shaped panel contains a shade that varies in visibility from 9% to 60%, which makes a breathing veneer that shades specific points of the facade in a fluid gradient fashion.
located next to the central river of nantongimage © bartosz kolonko
architects and lead consultants: hennprincipal: prof. dr. gunter henndesign: leander adrian, daniel da rocha, martin henn, anthony hu, alankim, agata kycia, paul langley, jeewon paek, emil pira, klaus ransmayr, wei sun, mu xingyuplanning: georg pichler, arjan pit, mu xingyu, jakob drömmerquantity surveying: tshinghua university architecture design instituteconstruction management arjan pit, mu xingyustructural engineers: tshinghua university architecture design institute, beijingtechnical building services: tshinghua university architecture design institute, beijinglandscape design: henncoordination/costing: tshinghua university architecture design instituteproject team: arjan pit, mu xingyu, li zhiconstruction management: tshinghua university architecture design institute, beijingarjan pit, mu xingyuinterior design: feng yu zhu (a blue design), shanghaicontact: email@example.com period: november 2011 to may 2012construction period: march 2012 to october 2012gross floor area: 8,100 m2net floor area: 7,000 m2exhibition area: 4,900 m2contractor: xinhua, nantong
henn architekten (6 articles)
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