Foster + Partners, the British architectural studio behind landmarks such as Wembley Stadium in London, Apple Park in Cupertino and Virgin Galactic Space Terminal in New Mexico, has announced the opening of the Datong Art Museum, located in northern China.
The new location is one of the four new buildings in Datong New Town Cultural Square. and was built as a social and creative hub, described by Luke Fox, director of Foster + Partners, as “an urban living room that brings people, art and artists together in a space where they can interact”.
The 32,000 square meter art museum features an exterior of four interconnected pyramids made up of naturally oxidized earth tone steel plates that allow for flexible space without a column below. The roof is optimized to naturally evacuate rainwater and is highly insulated to reduce energy needs. The gallery spaces are sunk below the surface and the skylights above are deliberately placed to take advantage of the building’s northwest orientation.
Upon arrival at the Museum, visitors are led to the entrance by clear diagonal paths that blend into the surrounding landscaping. A series of winding ramps lead to the central plaza, and the mezzanine levels open up to reveal a wide view of the Grand Gallery which will soon house large-scale exhibitions and performances. Smaller air-conditioned exhibition rooms are placed towards the edges of the museum, and other multipurpose spaces are also available, including a gallery dedicated to children, an education center, a media library, artist residences, an amphitheater. exterior and conference rooms.
Take a look at the newly completed structure above.
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