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

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuhan, China
  • Architect Of Record

    Zhong Nan Design Institute
  • Contractor

    G.C Wisco Construction
  • Area

    7240.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

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Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of 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.

Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of 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.

Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of 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.

Sketch
Sketch
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Jonathan Alarcón. "In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind" 31 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/407793/in-progress_zhang-zhidong-and-modern-industrial-museum-studio-daniel-libeskind/>
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19 Comments

Cyma Recta · August 05, 2013

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

K-P-R · August 03, 2013

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.

anonymous · August 03, 2013

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

Calculator · August 04, 2013 01:49 AM

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.

Hadrian · August 02, 2013

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?

Normano · August 02, 2013

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

Junior · August 02, 2013 09:06 PM

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

sang mang · August 02, 2013

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!

HaySeed · August 01, 2013

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

js · August 01, 2013

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

Sla Malenko · August 01, 2013

waste of metal.

won tong · August 01, 2013

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!!

Nani Sa · August 01, 2013

it belongs to future.lovely.like a large ship.

fan bao · August 01, 2013

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.

Heywood Floyd · August 01, 2013

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?

robarchitect · August 01, 2013

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

123Go · August 01, 2013

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!

Quagmire · July 31, 2013

How... expected. Giggity!

Tyler · July 31, 2013

Awful... ...just awful.

MK · July 31, 2013

Something erecting throughout the building!!

Ed · July 31, 2013

Obscene amount of steel.

Dickie Smaber · July 31, 2013 07:54 PM

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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