In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

  • 31 Jul 2013
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© Studio Daniel Libeskind

Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: ,
Architect Of Record: Zhong Nan Design Institute
Contractor: G.C Wisco Construction
Area: 7,240 sqm
Photographs: Studio Daniel Libeskind

© Studio Daniel Libeskind

From the architect. Zhang Zhidong was a 19th century leader in government who inspired the move towards modernization that established the steel industry in Wuhan. He also was responsible for city planning with industrial, cultural and financial districts that compose the contemporary city of Wuhan.

© Studio Daniel Libeskind

The steel industry in Wuhan was a model for China and the world. At the turn of the 20th century Wuhan was at the center of the nation connected by railroads to all the provinces of China. The story of the city of Wuhan is narrated by its aspirations for the future inspired by the unique history of the past. The Xinhai Revolution, in October, 1911, was a remarkable moment in that crystallized the modernization started by Zhang Zhidong and carried forward by modern industry.

© Studio Daniel Libeskind

The Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum, in Wuhan, was designed to balance three narrative themes within an integrated building and landscape. Each of the three floors of the museum is committed to one theme; Zhang Zhidong, industry, and the city of Wuhan. The highest peak of the museum has a view toward the city. The museum floors look toward the garden which is composed of radiating lines and rings to connect past and future. The museum floors and the garden are united by the spherical geometry of the building form. The project is currently under construction.

Cite: Alarcon, Jonathan. "In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind" 31 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Ed

    Obscene amount of steel.

    • Dickie Smaber

      As normal in the output of a lot of the so-called starchitects and their impersonators. For some reason ‘economy of means’ does not rank high on their lists of priorities.

  • MK

    Something erecting throughout the building!!

  • Tyler

    Awful… …just awful.

  • Quagmire

    How… expected. Giggity!

  • 123Go

    It’s a big, inefficient pile of unnecessarily contorted steel wrapped in superficial cladding that reflects nothing that is within. add some gratuitous diagonal lines et Voila! Instant Libeskind garbage!

  • robarchitect

    Just because it can be done doesn’t always necessarily mean it should.

  • Heywood Floyd

    Doesn’t seem to be a very active construction site, either. Maybe the workers have all revolted in the face of such relentless monumental banality?

  • fan bao

    I don’t know that they fed into the governors’ head to have this one built…as a Wuhan born and raised, I just wanna say to the visionary Zhang Zhidong — sorry, we failed you.

  • Nani Sa

    it belongs to a large ship.

  • won tong

    absolutely love it. L.O.V.E it!
    this is such cool building. I am Wuhan chinaese myselves and so proud that famous architect like Daniel Libskind builts in Wuhan. So strong building and famous architect. It is also brilliant design. I reary like it!!

  • Sla Malenko

    waste of metal.

  • js

    Didn’t Libeskind publicly criticize foreign architects a few years ago who practiced in China?

  • HaySeed

    LOST: Daniel Libeskind’s brain. If found, please call Nina Libeskind at US + 212-497-9100. $5 reward offered.

  • sang mang

    I also Wuhan Chinese and also think this is a great design and wonderful building. Not only because Daniel is so famous but also because is just a famous brilliant designer just like Rem Koolhears who’s and absolute genious. I really like everything Rem and Daniel is doing because they are just sooo great!

  • Normano

    Was the sketch done on a napkin or the back of a plane ticket this time?

    • Junior

      I’d bet the sketch was faked up AFTER the design was well advanced.

  • Hadrian

    Clumsy, inelegant, inefficient and mindless mis-use of steel. Total clunker. Does Libeskind – or any of the people in his office – understand anything about fine design?

  • anonymous

    Was really exited by the money shot of the construction, until I realised it was not wood..

    • Calculator

      Wait until they clad the heavy verticals in the corners with fireproofing and exterior finishes. If it looks like a clunker now, it will only get worse. And it on’t look anything like the drawing Libeskind showed them.

  • K-P-R

    So … Libeskind has figured out how to fuse ideas from his meaningless diagonal phase with ideas from his meaningless curved form phase. It’s impressive to see just how banal he’s made these repetitive and thoughtless gestures.

  • Cyma Recta

    Dear Mr. Libeskind, … Please crawl back into the slime hole you emerged from. And take your dumb ideas with you.