tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china
 

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china

tadao ando architect & associates has revealed the latest construction images from the soon to be completed ‘he art museum‘ (HEM) in shunde, china. the new building, which will host a range of exhibits that celebrate the region’s lingnan culture, was set to open on march 21st, 2020. however, the inauguration has now been postponed indefinitely in response to the nationwide coronavirus epidemic.

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china designboom
HEM construction site, image © HEM (main image © HEM)

 

 

the new museum takes its name from its founder, he jianfeng. however, the name ‘he’ also carries multiple meanings, including harmony, balance, fortune and union, all of which informed the design and spatial character of the architecture. when developing HEM, ando undertook extensive research of china’s ancient history and the lingnan culture, and fused these elements together with the architect’s signature use of light. 

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china designboom
partial view of HEM

 

 

tadao ando explains: ‘I want to create a museum that can synthesize southern china’s rich diverse cultures that stretches many millennia and the influences that birthed lingnan architecture. I imagined HEM as an energetic central anchor point to all the artistic and regional custom, climate, landscape and civilisation in lingnan. I hope HEM can become the heart of lingnan culture, not just in shunde but the whole greater china. I look forward to seeing the artworks and programs activate the building, stimulating provoking thoughts with high quality spaces and art.’

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china designboom
partial view of HEM, image © HEM

 

 

HEM is characterized by a ‘double-helix’ pair of staircases in the center of the building, which climb to the fourth floor and are bathed in natural light from the above skywell. this main feature is inspired by the local architecture of lingnan, which also makes use of rooflights, and ancient chinese cosmology and philosophy that believed the sky was round and divine. the light from above permeates deep into the plan and exhibition areas, resulting in comfortable spaces that connect to the outside world. 

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china designboom
HEM construction site, image © HEM

 

 

the program of HEM provides space for galleries, an education space, an open plan bookstore and a café. with this variety of functions, the building will become a place not only for art, but also a place for quiet study or socializing with friends. each level of the scheme adopts a circular floor plan, apart from the square gallery on the ground floor. outside, a pond wraps around the structure, reflecting lingnan’s heritage of waterside pavilions and as a symbol that subtly gestures its geographic location on the pearl river estuary.

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china designboom
HEM construction site

 

 

upon its inauguration on march 21st, HEM will open its doors with an exhibition curated by feng boyi, in addition to other temporary showcases. titled, ‘from the mundane world’, the work examines the ecology between humans and their environment, patterns of civilisation and mass consumption, and reflects on the fast-paced urban transformation that china and its people are experiencing.

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china
HEM construction site

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china
partial view of HEM, image © HEM

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china
tadao ando’s design script for he art museum, image © HEM

tadao ando's new art museum nears completion in southern china
tadao ando, image © tadao ando architect & associates

 

 

project info:

 

name: he art museum (HEM)

location: shunde, china

architect: tadao ando architect & associates

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    503,281 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine