MAD architects completes china wood sculpture museum
MAD architects completes china wood sculpture museum
apr 11, 2013

MAD architects completes china wood sculpture museum

in the ever-growing city of harbin, china, MAD architects has unveiled the completed ‘china wood sculpture museum.’  the 200 meter-long twisting structure is informed by the gnarled burls of wood albeit expressed architectonically with a skin of polished steel plates. an abstraction of nature is at the conceptual center of the building which serves to house local wood sculptures as well as paintings depicting the snow-laden and icy landscape.

MAD architects completes china wood sculpture museumimage © iwan baan (also main image)



the tedium of the urban grid is ruptured with the sinuous, light-reflecting form while skylights split the surface of the architecture so as to wash the interiors with light from the low-hanging northern chinese sun. the 13,000 square foot building references the local landscape while confronting the standardized, densely populated residential complexes. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

MAD architects completes china wood sculpture museumimage © xiazhi



project info:


location: harbin, china

program: museum

site area: 9,788 m2
building area: 12,959 m2
building length: 196 m
building height: 21 m

associate engineers: the architectural design and research institute of harbin institute of technology 

curtain wall consultant: inhabit group

panel optimization: gehry technologies

steel structure contractor: zhejiang jing gong steel structure co. ltd.
director in charge: ma yansong, dang qun

design team: yu kui, daniel gillen, bas van wylick, diego perez, jordan kanter, huang wei, julian sattler, liu weiwei, tang liu, mao peihong, maria alejandra obregon, nickolas urano, gus chan, shin park,  alejandro gonzalez

  • Can’t wait to see it after a few cars hit the side of the building.

  • Wood would have been the perfect result for such an architectural and sculptural piece.
    A good example was the idea of a basket for the olympic stadium in beijing
    The cladding worked well for Bilboa – the guggenheim

    lawrence mcgosh
  • Hmmm, what about some snow and ice retainer! looking dangerous.

  • I strikes me that the “window” is a very traditional punch, unrelated in a meaningful way to the surrounding structure, flow of the form or skin module. It must have been done intentionally, but why?

    Mike Jackson
  • Ironic that the concept is a piece of wood, and the finished object is completely wrapped in aluminum.. This is quite an odd thing to build in the middle of a car park…



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