Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

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To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou’s old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Structural Engineer: Konishi Structural Engineers, SRC
Mechanical Engineers: P.T. Morimura & Associates, Ltd.
Site Area: 11,279㎡
Area: 4970.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan" 05 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=328152>
  • Jeremy Brunel

    Kengo Kuma delivers as usual!