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

iwan baan photographs ordos museum by MAD architects

dutch photographer iwan baan has documented the completed ‘ordos museum’ in ordos, china. designed by beijing-based practice MAD architects, 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.

ordos museum by MAD architects
approach to the main entrance
image © iwan baan (also main image)

 

 

upon entering the MAD-designed museum, an atrium with the 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. meanwhile, employees of the center are provided a natural work environment with office and research spaces that flank a south-facing internal garden. see the full set of images photographed by iwan baan here.

ordos museum by MAD architects
observation area
image © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
observation area
image © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
louvered facade
image © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
main entrance
image © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
(left) main entrance
(right) entrance
images © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
(left) lobby
(right) atrium
images © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
(left) atrium
(right) stairs crossing through atrium
images © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
(left) view through atrium from upper gallery
(right) window overlooking surrounding grounds
images © iwan baan

ordos museum by MAD architects
gallery
image © iwan baan

 

 

video © MAD architects

ordos museum by 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

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

  • awesome!

    avodsign.com says:
  • no,no, realy too mad

    kooten says:
  • but how wil they be able too create an exposition on these sferic walls?

    kooten says:
  • I saw it and I can tell you these pictures have been well photoshoped. although outside can be considered as well built, inside is not good at all. the surfaces are not smooth, curves are everything but not curved.
    But the context plays a big role in these constructions problems.

    pibaba says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
489,415 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample