Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos Design Museum with Climate-Controlling Trees

Sited in the city of Zhuhai, China, this museum by Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos seeks to combine the opposing ideas of a festive, airy aesthetic with the need for a protected and enclosed space to showcase artwork. To that end, they have created a structure that resembles a landscape with sculptural tree-like forms emerging from publicly accessible courtyards. These “trees”, while an important aspect of the building’s visual identity, also play a major role in the climate control of the museum.

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An interior view of one of the courtyards. Image © ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ arquitectos

The hollow branches and trunk of the tree collect the rainwater and direct it to underground storage tanks, later using the water to power the museum’s courtyard fountains during the summertime. During the day, the canopies stretched across the tree branches also provide shade to the courtyards, and absorb heat to lower the pressure above the building and prompt an updraft. In the evening they direct breezes downward into the building, cooling its thermal mass, and at night they collect the dew that precipitates in order to providing evaporative cooling during the day.

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Exterior Courtyard View. Image © ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ arquitectos
Tree Ventilation Diagram

A completion date has not yet been announced as the project is currently still in development.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz
  • Local Architects

    Atelier L+ (Linxue Li)
  • Design Team (Ábalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos)

    Timothy Brennan, Chenchen Hu, Weilun Tsui (Cambridge), María Auxiliadora Gálvez, Juan Enríquez, Ana Fernández, Elena Vallejo, Alvaro Maján, Marina Bicca (Madrid)
  • Design Team (Atelier L+)

    Yin Hongde, Li Huanhuan, Ni Runer, Liu Jieling, Wangyiqing
  • Energy and Sustainability

    Bing Wang/ Salmaan Craig
  • Structure

    Hanif Kara
  • Schematic Design Consultants

  • Area

    24992.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ arquitectos
  • Location

    Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • Photographs

    ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ arquitectos
  • Area

    24992.0 m2

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Address:Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

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Cite: Connor Walker. "Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos Design Museum with Climate-Controlling Trees" 29 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/531910/abalos-sentkiewicz-arquitectos-design-museum-with-climate-controlling-trees> ISSN 0719-8884

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