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Nanchino, Chiangsu, Cina: Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The museum explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of the composition of Chinese painting.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The museum is formed by a "field" of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light "figure" hovers. the straight passages on the ground level gradually turn into the winding passage of the figure above.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at "in-position" viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance. This visual axis creates a linkage back to the great Ming Dynasty capital city.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The museum is formed by a “field” of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light “figure” hovers. the straight passages on the ground level gradually turn into the winding passage of the figure above.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at “in-position” viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance. the meaning of this rural site becomes urban through this visual axis to the great Ming Dynasty capital city, Nanjing.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

The courtyard is paved in recycled Old Hutong bricks from the destroyed courtyards in the center of Nanjing. Limiting the colors of the museum to black and white connects it to the ancient paintings, but also gives a background to feature the colors and textures of the artwork and architecture to be exhibited within.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

Bamboo, previously growing on the site, has been used in bamboo- formed concrete, with a black penetrating stain. the Museum has geothermal cooling and heating, and recycled storm water. the Sifang Art Museum will open to the public the coming October 2013.

Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl
Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl

Location: Nanjing, China Architect: Steven Holl Architects Design Architect: Steven Holl, Li Hu Associate in Charge: Hideki Hirahara Project Architects: Clark Manning, Daijiro Nakayama Project Team: Joseph Kan, JongSeo Lee, Pei Shyun Lee, Tz-Li Lin, Richard Liu, Sarah Nichols Associate Architects: Architectural Design Institute, Nanjing University Structural Consultant: Guy Nordenson and Associates Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International Size: 30,000 sf Project Year: 2011 Opening: 2013.10 Client: Nanjing Foshou Lake Architecture and Art Developments Ltd Photographs: Li Hu, Shu He, Steven Holl Architects

9.8/10 (249)