The Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture has finished. Respecting the needs to the building, Steven Holl Architects has created a structure that gives shelter to the galleries, a tea room, a library and a curatorial residency. Architects describe the building’s architecture: “The museum explores the changing views, layers of space, fog and water extensions, which characterize the deep composition of china painting.
The museum is formed by a “field” of the perspective parallel spaces and concrete walls in the bamboo-formed garden of on which a light “appears” blossoming. The passages directly in the ground floor will gradually become the transition from coiling of the previous figure. The upper gallery was suspended in the air, unfolds in a sequence of rotating clockwise and ends in “position” in view of the city of Nanjing, in the distance.
This visual axis creates a link back to the great capital of the Ming dynasty. “A large staircase connects the ground to the gallery space at the top level. An exterior wall surrounding the museum in an unprecedented way, creating a fence that complements modern geometric main structure. A place for dreams and art, the Nanjing Museum of Art is a magnificent structure in the context carefully chosen environment.
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