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Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects

  • 01:00 - 27 February, 2012
Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects
Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Architect

    MAD Architects
  • Directors

    Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
  • Design Team

    Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich, Linda Stannieder, Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, , Sun Jieming, Yin Zhao, Du Zhijian, Yuan Zhongwei, Yuan Ta, Xie Xinyu, Liu Weiwei, Felipe Escudero, Sophia Tang, Diego Perez, Art Terry, Jtravis B Russett, Dustin Harris
  • Associate Engineers

    China Institute of Building Standard Design & Research
  • Mechanical Engineer

    The Institute of Shanxi Architectural Design and Research
  • Client

    Municipality of Ordos
  • Building Height

    40 m
  • Construction Contractor

    Huhehaote construction Co., Ltd
  • Site Area

    27,760 sqm
  • Area

    41.227 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. Conceived as a reaction to the strict geometry of the master plan, the Art & City museum by MAD Architects is an amorphous building that seems like it has landed on the earth. Its surrounding dunes, monumental stairways and belvederes have been generated from the empty Gobi desert which was here just a few years ago. Located in the new city center of Ordos, the space itself is deeply rooted into the local culture. Although it has contemporary presence, there is a chance to think over what the term “local culture” means, where it is rooted and what it can become in the future.

© Shu He
© Shu He

The structure is wrapped in polished metal louvers to reflect and dissolve the planned surroundings. This results in a solid, windowless, building firmly anchored to the ground. This shell encloses a interior totally separate from the urban reality. On entering, the logic changes and the spaces begin to buzz: heights are disproportionate, holes buckle upwards, surfaces creep sinuously around, creating openings and interstices which tone down the effect of the sheer quantity of light streaming down to the floor.

© Shu He
© Shu He

The central lobby welcomes and guides visitors into the canyon-like public corridor. People can come in to visit the exhibits, or walk through the canyon and out the other side. In this space, natural light comes in through skylights and highlights the bridges that connect the galleries. The light also blurs any internal boundaries; it creates an illusion that’s accentuated by the organic form of the bridges. As for the gallery spaces, we didn’t know what kind of exhibitions they would hold, so they are designed to be flexible.

© Shu He
© Shu He
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22 Comments

TeslaCAD · April 29, 2014

creative design!!!!!!!!

Yijun Wu · November 08, 2013

Sometimes architects' desire is a disaster.

BvB Mimarl?k · March 06, 2012

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Matthias Hemelsoet · March 06, 2012

Fantastisch museum in bloedmooie spookstad, door MAD architects http://t.co/p0YXLi7f #ordos #architectuur

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Ralph Kent · March 02, 2012

Hopefully someone will actually end up living in Ordos before this museum falls into disrepair. China's bizarre ghost cities / phoney economic growth from construction / manipulated GDP growth stats as tactical weapon continues apace. Its a pity that its the planet that has to pay the price for this all posturing.

Nicholas Patten · February 29, 2012

Ordos Art & City Museum. http://t.co/rKUuOghz

Renewal By Andersen · February 29, 2012

Chinese art museum takes on organic shape like that of rock or petrified wood. Non-geometric. http://t.co/wb9PRKVS #architecture

AllAboutDoor&Windows · February 29, 2012

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Dylab · February 27, 2012

Blobitecture

Mujib Lalita Ahmed Tharani · February 27, 2012

isn't that a badly executed project compared to similar projects around the world?

Guilherme Pinho · February 27, 2012 10:08 PM

No, you tool!!!

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