italian architect massimo roj from progetto CMR designs the duo art museum, a simple and contemporary complex immersed within the mountains of ningbo in the chinese province of zhejiang province. originally used as an army’s granary to store food, it now acquired by HKE Group and became a place to store art. given its location and surrounding context, the project aimed at creating a strong relationship between the artificial building and nature, as well as preserving the historical relics and local culture.



progetto CMR envisioned the building to be arranged into three floors with seven wings, connected by a central area. from that point, the wings spread out towards different directions — acquiring a variety of views, based on the analysis of the surrounding landscape, and different effects of natural lighting. 



the exhibition space is placed on the ground floor, where bamboo gardens and sculptures are fully integrated on the green hill, blurring the line between built and natural. meanwhile, the outdoor workshop at the foot of the hill provides artists a place to relax. a small courtyard runs through the center of the first and second floors, bringing into the space more natural elements.


the first level consists of private rooms and gardens, and windows at the end of the branches make it a perfect place to enjoy the stunning mountain landscapes. on the other hand, the second floor is designed for social situations and includes a terrace that almost covers half the level — creating an open area to host piano concerts and other events. indoor living rooms and restaurants are also designed on this floor to meet private meeting needs.




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