Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

  • 23 Jul 2013
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Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 

From the Architect. Being the largest island in the Fujian province, Pingtan is also the Chinese island nearest to Taiwan. In 2010, the ‘Comprehensive Experimental Zone’ project in Pingtan was officially launched; the island is expected to become the primary location for trade and cultural communication between Taiwan and the mainland in the foreseeable future. The island, which is currently home to fisheries and a military base, will quickly be transformed into an large-scale urban development zone.

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This new city, which is still under planning, will hold the museum at its center. The museum itself acts as a smaller scale island off the Pingtan Island itself, connected to land only by a slightly undulating pier, which, in turn, bridges artificial and natural, city and culture, as well as history and future. The museum represents a long-lasting earthscape in water and is a symbol of the island in ancient times, with each island containing a mountain beneath it.


The island is firstly a public space that is then turned into a museum. The sea, the beach, the oasis and the slope all interconnect with each other, forming a harmonious capacious space with the mountains in the distance. The building is constructed with concrete that is blended with local sand shells. The indoor space, formed by the rise and fall of the formal movements, looks similar to ancient caves.

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Pingtan Art Museum is built in a landscape setting of an urban city. After its completion, it will create a new space for the city and the city’s inhabitants and further inspire them to reflect on the impact made by time and nature.

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Architects: MAD
Location: Pingtan,
Architects In Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design Team: Zhao Wei, Huang Wei, Liu Jiansheng, Jei Kim, Li Jian, Li Guangchong, Alexandre Sadeghi
Area: 40000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of MAD

Cite: Quintal, Becky. "Pingtan Art Museum / MAD" 23 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Shirley zhou

    very eye-catching! but I feel it looks more like a nature museum than art museum…

  • archi

    Wow. Another white blob. How original.

  • Bubble

    On other websites, it says construction has already started. O.M.G => that will certainly be a challenge!

  • Chiaro Scuro

    Cool spaces.


    I just love renderings of art museums that contain absolutely no artwork…. How exactly will this museum be able to display “thousands of pieces of national treasures”. the section is somewhat indicative of how it works, but I’m still a bit skeptical.

    Also, are sculptures by Ron Mueck classified as “national treasures”?

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  • Archialan

    Another pieces of Mad’s product design.