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

  • 31 Jul 2013
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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: , China
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 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    Obscene amount of steel.

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      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.

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    Awful… …just awful.

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    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!

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

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    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?

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    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.

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    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!!

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

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

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    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?

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

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      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.

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    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.

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

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