MAD architects: national art museum of china, beijing MAD architects: national art museum of china, beijing
sep 29, 2012

MAD architects: national art museum of china, beijing

MAD architects’ proposal for the new national art museum of china, beijing all images courtesy of MAD architects

the original structure of the national art museum of china (NAMOC) built in 1962, houses one of the country’s largest art collections and has played host to some of the influential exhibitions as recorded in contemporary chinese history. the current plans are to move the institution into a new building, situated within a designated ‘art district’ on the central axis of the 2008 olympic site.

answering to an international competition to design a new home for NAMOC, MAD architects‘ proposal is city-sized institution where the inclusion of public space is emphasized. part of a larger six volume masterplan, the firm’s concept combines an elevated public square which is protected by a floating mega volume above.

MAD’s design is organized into three layers, where programs are divided by each level. the one-storey ground floor houses all ancillary functions and is conceived in such a way that it can be operated independently from the museum in off hours. above this, a 20,000 square meter urban plaza program acts as the main gallery for permanent art collections and exhibitions. the arrangement of this hall gives visitors the opportunity to decide how to engage with the works on show, while simultaneously being surrounded by outward views of the surrounding cityscape courtesy of windows that wrap around the perimeter of the structure. this level is also directly connected to the former olympic park via a bridge, thus making use of an area of the urban plan which would otherwise be ignored.

the third and final sequence of the new museum is a domed concourse that sits at the top of the building, a heavenly space which can be considered the ‘floating art city’, hovering over the visitors like a cloud.

at the second level, windows wrap around the perimeter of the structure offering visitors a view of the surrounding city landscape and former olympic park

MAD’s proposal for the new NAMOC puts emphasis on public space

the top floor of the museum is a domed exhibition

top view

20, 000 square metres are devoted to exhibition space

scale model

model render cross section cross section

floor plan

concept sketch

project info:

location: beijing, china year: 2011 type: museum site area: 30,000 sqm building area: 152,200 sqm height: 58 m

director in charge: ma yansong, qun dang design team: zhao wei, sohith perera, yu kui, jei kim, geraldine lo, mao beihong associate engineer: ARUP group ltd

  • Zaha table in large scale form – How unique !

    NM says:
  • Basically a blob with a rectangle thrown in. The one thing I don’t like about fluid designs like this, is that there are always spaces that resemble a cave. Here it is the open area under the structure. In others it is the interior. We left caves behind a long time ago, so why reconstruct them architecturally?

    Airborne says:
  • Stedelijk in Amsterdam a bathtub and in Beijing a large copy: a whirlpool 🙂

    Erik says:
  • And the dream come truth ! says:
  • Where is architecture? agree with Airborne and with Erik and NM.

    sicalipto says:
  • It’s no longer architecture, it’s a sculpture – a well done sculpture… I like it

    Fernand Hofer says:
  • Wow, structural design that wont budge ate inclement weather. Its gunna be a beautifully efficient future.

    Aaron IC says:
  • We resenble caves because they are natural, and so much more beautuful than than any other \”artificial\” boxes structures.

    Flyerpol says:
  • @Flyerpol
    Caves are depressing, devoid of light with lots of unusable space. The ceiling gives the impression it would come down on you anytime. If caves are so much more beautiful then boxes, why didn\’t at least a few populations stayed in caves where caves are present?
    I like fluidity in transportation objects but for buildings I do not find it suitable.

    Airborne says:
  • @Airborne

    Boxes are more functional of course. But, I think that sometimes functionality kills the immagination. In this case, the function of an art museum is to inspiring people and let them dream out of the box.
    But this is just my opinion

    Flyerpol says:
  • solar car by Ross Lovegrove is a perfect fit

    NewWheel says:
  • it reminds me of infinite space, stockholm public library competition 2006…(one of competition participant submission) :

    archiaddict says:

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