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Beijing-based MAD Architects have just shared their design for a Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin, China with us.    Harbin is currently experiencing a period of rapid expansion and the new museum will allow the growing city to define itself as a regional hub for the arts.   Inspired by the unique local winter landscapes, the museum is a contrast between the elegance of nature and the speed of daily life. Its 200 meter long body is shaped as a frozen fluid that reflects and explores the relation between the building and the environment. 

More about the museum, including more images after the break.

The design places a strong emphasize on form as the sleek tube-like structure becomes more articulated toward the entry space.  The twisting nature of the museum creates voids where light illuminates the galleries and main circulation spaces. 

The interior of the museum combines two different exhibitions connected by a centralized entrance which both separates the two museums while simultaneously joining them, achieving a symbiotic relationship. Skylights flood daylight into the voids adjacent to the galleries, creating optimum viewing conditions and scenic moments in and around the building. 

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects" 09 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>