zhang daqian museum by benedetta tagliabue / EMBT takes shape in neijiang
 
zhang daqian museum by benedetta tagliabue / EMBT takes shape in neijiang zhang daqian museum by benedetta tagliabue / EMBT takes shape in neijiang
sep 12, 2016

zhang daqian museum by benedetta tagliabue / EMBT takes shape in neijiang

 

construction of the zhang daqian museum, a project designed by benedetta tagliabue / EMBT, is underway in the chinese city of neijiang. originally known as a guohua painter, zhang daqian is one of the best-known chinese artists of the 20th century. in 1956, zhang met pablo picasso in paris, where they exchanged ideas on eastern and western artistic movements. by the 1960s zhang daqian was also renowned as a modern impressionist and expressionist painter.

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all images courtesy of EMBT

 

 

decades later, the city of neijiang sought to celebrate zhang’s continued influence, and, in april 2010, commissioned EMBT to conceive a new museum building for the painter’s hometown. ‘the design philosophy behind the museum was to integrate the cultural essence of east and west and build expressing the past and the future,’ explains the design team. the museum building extends from an existing tea house, with a variety of pavilions strategically positioned across the site.

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construction work is underway in neijiang

 

 

partially enclosing existing trees, the structures are situated on different levels, taking the form of gestures extracted from zhang daqian’s paintings. a series of interlocking ribs comprise the vertical structure, while the geometries of the plan are an abstract interpretation of the chinese painter’s work. forming a new landmark for neijiang, the site is located at the peak of dong tong lu, yuan mountain, west of xi lin monastery and south of the tuo river.

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a series of interlocking ribs comprise the vertical structure

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the building occupies a prominent hilltop location

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EMBT was commissioned to complete the scheme in 2010

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the design seeks to integrate the cultural essences of eastern and western influences

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the structure will be a landmark for zhang daqian’s hometown

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rendering illustrating the museum’s riverside location

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the building extends from an existing tea house

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the geometries of the plan are an abstract interpretation of the chinese painter’s work

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a variety of pavilions are strategically positioned across the site

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: zhang daqian museum
location: neijiang, china
dates: 2010 – in progress
client: shen zhen excellence kang he investment and development pty., ltd
architect: benedetta tagliabue / EMBT
design phase – project director: daniel rosselló
collaborators: francesca origa, gabriele rotelli, verena vogler, vaiva simoliunaite, susana oses, davis gertners, ana isabel fernandes, vincenzo messina, javier rivero carnota, david mas trigueros, david ricardo ramírez, evangelia anamourlogluo, maria ioanna barka, fabian vargas, pauline suhr, enrique franco, claudia paola martinez, dean mapeso, rebeca pérez casterà
construction phase – project director: elena nedelcu. collaborators: wang lingzhe, marzia faranda, ana otelea
EMBT shangai team – project director: igor peraza. collaborators: qiwei hu, chen hao, dee liu, pey lung, kathrine e. thoen, wei song, lorenzo trucato

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