Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

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Location: Song zhuang, , China
Design Team: Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He

Structural Engineer: Huang Shuangxi
Water Engineer: Lei Ming
Mechanical Engineer: Wang Gepeng


Located in Songzhuang, Beijing China, Tree art museum lies beside the main road of the area. Original village has vanished, replaced by big scale blocks which better fit for cars. Even if renowned as artist village, it’s difficult to stay or enjoy art exploration without local artist friend’s introducing. So, the first idea was to create an ambient, a public space where people would like to stay, date and communicate.

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I hope people might be attracted into the museum by the view at the entrance. Their eyes would follow the curvy floorslab coming from the ground all the way up to the roof. People could choose getting into the space either through the ramp or the courtyard with a pool and tree on the first floor. Sky is reflected onto the ground, with reflecting pool together, helping people to filter their mind and forget the environment out there.

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The first courtyard was separated with the main road and dust outside by a bare-concrete wall. People would stay and chat under the tree in the courtyard, or, just feed fishes by the reflecting pool. Meanwhile, they could enjoy artworks and watch other people lingering inside the building through curtain wall. In the bare-concrete wall, there is a corridor which could be utilized to exhibit books and small sculptures. The curvature varies slightly along the path.

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The second courtyard introduces nature light to the back exhibition hall and meeting room on 2nd floor, while separating the public and privacy needed. The curvy wall implies people to the other side of the building, and introduces them to come to the public stairs-plaza on the roof, where people could sit and enjoy sunshine, or look down to the pool or even chat with people down in the courtyard.

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There are six and half courtyards on 2,695 square meters site. Besides the two bigger ones for exhibition, there are four more courtyards lying on the upper part. Two yards apply sunlight to the back space and introduce skylight to the exhibition hall below. The other two yards are on the top of the floor, which also open to sky. By taking real and pure expression, this project hopes to create a place where local people and visitors would communicate with nature light, trees, water, and contemporary art. This simple and plain idea will spread out through their experience of this space.

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Cite: "Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects" 19 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
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  • barbara ann spencer

    This project has just moved me so much. I like the way the designer has explained his intentions to separate the museum space from the busy dusty road and create spaces for people to interact, look at art, talk to each other…look at the fish in the pond. Then the beautiful spaces, the curvy concrete ramp and wall with radius that changes and leans, drawing from natural forms yet totally modern and tectonic. very inspiring.

  • barbara ann spencer

    this project has just moved me so much. I particularly like the way the designer has explained his intention to create a space for local art which is shielded from the dusty road by the concrete wall, and to create spaces where people can interact, look at art, talk to one another, look at the fishes in the pond, creating a place for people in a gentle determined way. The spaces are so beautiful, washed with light and the heavy concrete ramp and walls, curving in an irregular expanding radius way, leaning, taking much from natural forms but also totally modern and tectonic. very inspiring.

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  • xd

    the project is boring, for there isn’t many people around the site. the gallery is just for the people who is dealing with art and money. and the space is too simple for a intersting art museum.

    but the construction is good, anyway.

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