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Nanjing Sifang Art Museum / Steven Holl Architects

  • 01:00 - 20 May, 2011
Nanjing Sifang Art Museum / Steven Holl Architects
Nanjing Sifang Art Museum / Steven Holl Architects, © Li Hu
© Li Hu

© Li Hu © Li Hu © Li Hu © Li Hu +76

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, China
  • Architects

    Steven Holl Architects
  • Design Architect

    Steven Holl, Li Hu
  • Associate In Charge

    Hideki Hirahara
  • Project Architect

    Clark Manning, Daijiro Nakayama
  • Project Team

    Joseph Kan, JongSeo Lee, Pei Shyun Lee, Tz-Li Lin, Richard Liu, Sarah Nichol
  • Associate Architects

    Architectural Design Institute, Nanjing University
  • Structural Consultant

    Guy Nordenson and Associates
  • Lighting Design

    L'Observatoire International
  • Client

    Nanjing Foshou Lake Architecture and Art Developments Ltd
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China. It explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, and expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of early Chinese painting. This coming fall the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum will open to the public.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Perspective is the fundamental historic difference between Western and Chinese painting. After the 13th Century, Western painting developed vanishing points in fixed perspective. Chinese painters, although aware of perspective, rejected the single-vanishing point method, instead producing landscapes with “parallel perspectives” in which the viewer travels within the painting.

© Li Hu
© Li Hu

The museum is formed by a “field” of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light “figure” hovers. The straight passages on the ground level gradually turn into the winding passage of the figure above. The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at “in-position” viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance. The meaning of this rural site becomes urban through this visual axis to the great Ming Dynasty capital city, Nanjing.

© Li Hu
© Li Hu

The courtyard is paved in recycled Old Hutong bricks from the destroyed courtyards in the center of Nanjing. Limiting the colors of the museum to black and white connects it to the ancient paintings, but also gives a background to feature the colors and textures of the artwork and architecture to be exhibited within. Bamboo, previously growing on the site, has been used in bamboo- formed concrete, with a black penetrating stain. The Museum has geothermal cooling and heating, and recycled storm water.

© Li Hu
© Li Hu
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52 Comments

Ghady · April 13, 2014

What Type of Material Did He Use in The Upper Gallery ? the Translucent Metallic Texture is Quite Nice !

Hankang Jin · November 14, 2013

The light and shadow in the upper gallery and elevator case are quite gentle and comfortable. Nice experience to feel it in person.

Hankang Jin · November 14, 2013

The light and shadow in the upper gallery and elevator are quite nice! Gentle experience!

saeed partovi · February 07, 2012

It was very very nice

maryam · February 05, 2012

I want to know from where steven holl has chosen this form for his museum, can anybody help?

bruna · November 26, 2013 10:46 PM

I was wondering that too, did you manage to find an answer?

Sarah Edwards · June 14, 2011

Steven Holl, the master manipulator of light and space, has managed to create a structure which engulfs its occupant into a series of interior situations which are yielding and permeable to illumination. Transparent walls of glass allow stunning panoramas of the exterior landscape and create extensive vistas throughout the building. The exterior, however, is lacking in its connectivity to the existing site. It appears to be completely removed from its context and too assertive in its form and obtrusive to its surroundings.

An Architect in Melbourne · June 01, 2011

Absolutely superb!

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Jürgen Distler · May 20, 2011

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rolo · May 20, 2011

in the view of the previous proyects of mr Holl, he have license to do these extravaganzas...

Ma?gorzata · May 20, 2011

Sorry, Holl

Ma?gorzata · May 20, 2011

I would expect something more from Hall

Stephano · May 20, 2011

I'm soooo bored of seeing these type of buildings - they are a plague!!

Lucas · May 20, 2011

Still no Pritzker... Those guys no nothing about architecture. lol

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