In Praise of the Glitch: WAA's Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum

09:30 - 7 January, 2016
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In November, the Architectural Review concluded its search for this year's most promising young designers, awarding a total of 15 projects in its annual Emerging Architecture Awards. Selected by a jury comprising David Adjaye, Peter Cook and Odile Decq alongside AR Editor Christine Murray, these 15 projects included just one firm from China: WAA (We Architect Anonymous), whose Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was commended by the judges. In this article, former associate member of Archigram Colin Fournier reviews the awarded building, showing an appreciation of WAA's work equal to - or perhaps even greater than - the award's jury.

This contemporary art museum is not what it seems. It appears, at first, to be a fairly familiar manifestation of the contemporary architectural discourse, and indeed the striking fluidity of its lines and its impressive mastery of parametrically-enabled tectonics as well as GRC technology put it on a par with recent buildings by Zaha Hadid or MAD, but this first impression is somewhat deceptive: the building is, in fact, refreshingly unique and a radical point of departure from the dominant design ideology of our times, a significant rupture from the orthodoxy. And a very promising one.

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Great Wall Yunmo Winery / a+a Anderloni Associates

20:00 - 10 November, 2015
© Nathaniel McMahon
© Nathaniel McMahon

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Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) / waa (we architech anonymous)

03:00 - 6 August, 2015
  • Architects

  • Site

    YinChuan City, Ning Xia Province, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Di, Jack Young, Ruben Bergambagt, Huang Yisu
  • Area

    13188.0 m2
  • Year

  • Photography

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Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
© Fang Jian
© Fang Jian
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yun Du
  • Additional manufacturer

    Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
  • Area

    192000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Fang Jian

© Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian +33

Mixed-Used Masterplan of YueHaiWanJia Commercial District / SURE Architecture

23:00 - 26 September, 2012
Courtesy of SURE Architecture
Courtesy of SURE Architecture

The mixed-used masterplan of YueHaiWanJia commercial district aims at combining shops, restaurants, leisure, museum, bars, KTV, cinema, hotels and children amusement together in the same place. Designed by SURE Architecture, they were able to create a new amusement and attraction place for all kinds of people. With the idea of the European City context, overlapped with the Stamp of Xi Xia, which has a historic influence for this city, the result is an interesting layout and space to enjoy for people of all ages. More images and architects’ description after the break.