steven holl: the nanjing museum of art and architecture
steven holl: the nanjing museum of art and architecture steven holl: the nanjing museum of art and architecture
mar 31, 2011

steven holl: the nanjing museum of art and architecture

‘nanjing museum of art and architecture’ steven holl, nanjing, china image courtesy of steven holl




nanjing china’s newest cultural facility, the ‘nanjing museum of art and architecture’ by steven holl architects is now complete. regarded as the gateway to a new cultural development, the museum explores shifting viewpoints and layers of space reminiscent of spatial compositions seen in traditional chinese paintings.

front facade image courtesy of bryan chang




a single winding passageway is lifted into the air by a two large stilts, unwrapping in a clockwise turning sequence until it stops to focus on the city in the distance. acting as a visual axis to the nearby urban and natural environments, the raised and linear volume creates an intimate gallery space that isolates and controls the attention of the visitor.

back side of structure image courtesy of bryan chang




a single open stairway provides access to the upper gallery, housed within the off-white corrugated structure. an encircling bamboo-formed concrete wall limits access and shelters the building, rising and falling as it makes its way around the volume.

stairway image courtesy of steven holl

image courtesy of steven holl

the surrounding wall rises and falls as it encircles the main structure image courtesy of bryan chang

detail of exterior wall image courtesy of steven holl

view of overall structure and environmental context image courtesy of steven holl


see designboom’s article of the nanjing museum during it’s earlier phases of construction here.

  • I promise, one day I will roll down those stairs!
    (They should have spent a couple of minutes hosing the facade, it looks kinda shabby).

    zetre1 says:
  • I see, a public museum that only the young and strong can fully enjoy. Feels like Mr. Holl sold them all a bit of snake oil architecture. This is ridiculous. Looks good. Not functional.

    nelliej says:
  • guys I think the prominent stairway to heaven is a fire evac. I am surprised it doesnt change direction on the way down. What sort of BRegs do these people have?

    nino says:

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