MAD architects: ordos museum completed
MAD architects: ordos museum completed MAD architects: ordos museum completed
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

  • nice horse!!
    interior finish and the floor/landscape tiles looks really badly made…

    architect says:
  • I can relate to the horse being really bored and disinterested with this…blob!

    AAB says:
  • a great building with mongolian sprite and poetic space.

    mike says:
  • didn’t we already see this?

    dbkii says:
  • maybe the roughness makes perfect sense in desert of inner mongolia. the waving stone landscape looks impressive.

    mike says:
  • couldn’t help but feel the
    travelers shock in the video at the
    imposing madness of our species.
    (and lack of craftsmanship).

    osmosis8 says:
  • Nevermind the rough details, this is not Switzerland we’re talking about here. the interior feels like a canyon. very natural feeling. love it, but where are the galleries?

    James says:
  • While I was stunned by the concept, I could not help but ask myself – in a world of shrinking resources and percieved need for choosing sustainable options…what is the point of this building.

    Visually impressive, out of this world-liness, and yes a distinct let down in craftsmanship…but why this building here?

    Dibbsy1000 says:
  • when something like this i built i want to convince the architects to live in a 3rd world country just for a week… they might just gain a well needed sense of humility

    nadia south africa says:
  • poor/rich, war, decease, they exist forever in human society, but beyond that, everyone has spiritual desire no matter who they are.
    Its shame you think 3rd world equals 3rd class culture and life, why you guys in south africa build so many stadiums just for people to kick balls? come on, any culture needs a future.

    Mongolian says:
  • Great form again a failure to communicate with the users……..even the horse looks least interested

    Kartman says:

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