DL Atelier builds museum with rammed-earth walls near China’s “porcelain capital”

This art museum is located on the outskirts of Jingdezhen, a city famed for its porcelain production, so architecture studio DL Atelier chose to use the local clay-heavy earth for its walls. Sanbaopeng Art Museum was designed by DL Atelier for a site in Sanbao village, on the outskirts of the so-called “porcelain capital”. It is a place where many

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Dong Yugan uses brick to form sculptural surfaces and playful structures at Red Brick Art Museum

This museum in Beijing takes its name from the red brick used by architect Dong Yugan to create spaces that are dramatically illuminated by skylights, perforations and narrow windows incorporated into its homogenous masonry surfaces. Red Brick Art Museum is a folk-based, non-profit art museum showcasing Chinese and world art, which was founded by collectors

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First photographs emerge of Fumihiko Maki’s V&A-backed design museum in Shenzhen

These construction shots offer a first glimpse of the new Shenzhen design museum designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, which is opening later this year and will include a new Chinese outpost for the V&A museum. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect first unveiled the model for the design museum back in 2014. Originally called the Shekou Museum, after the former

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Sloping black volumes penetrate public square at Harbin’s Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences

A tilted and fractured black box that emerges from a public square in the Chinese city of Harbin contains display areas dedicated to telling the story of war crimes committed during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. The Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences is located on the site of the ruined barracks used by Unit 731

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Rounded walls and textured surfaces lend Chinese museum appearance of a “stone rolled down from the mountain”

Dramatic curved walls and roofs incorporate skylights and wonky windows that provide views of the nearby mountains from inside this museum near the Chinese city of Ürümqi. DongZhuang-Building Museum of Western Regions is located in the Tuoli Township, around 30 kilometres from the capital of the Xinjiang region in northwest China. The building was designed

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Pleated shutters enclose cylindrical enamelware museum and cultural centre by Wutopia Lab

Perforated-aluminium screens zigzag around the walls of this cylindrical arts museum in Shanghai, which was designed by Wutopia Lab and features a 1970s-style rockery.  Local architecture studio Wutopia Lab was asked to create the museum for the former manager of an enamelware factory, who wanted a space to showcase Chinese craft products – including metalware decorated with elaborate enamel patterns. In response,

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Dinosaur egg museum in China features bamboo-textured walls

Chimney-shaped skylights spotlight dinosaur eggs inside this museum with craggily textured concrete walls at China’s Qinglong Mountain Geopark.  The cast-in-situ concrete structure was moulded over bamboo canes to create the building’s heavily textured surfaces. The distinctive ridges formed by the canes echo the texture of the curving roof tiles traditionally used on old buildings in China. The museum

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Wang Shu’s Ningbo History Museum built from the remains of demolished villages

Movie: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio explains why he recycled material from traditional Chinese buildings to construct the Ningbo History Museum. Completed in 2008, the Ningbo History Museum is a 30,000-square-metre building located in the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China. The three-storey museum’s distinctive facade is More

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Staggered terraces cover roof of Beijing art museum by Praxis d’Architecture

This art museum by Chinese firm Praxis d’Architecture features textured tiled walls, protruding windows and stepping roof terraces that overlook a lake near Beijing (+ slideshow). The 4,700-square-metre Spring Art Museum hosts an artists’ residency programme and exhibition spaces in Beijing’s Songzhuang suburb. A couple of contemporary art enthusiasts commissioned the Beijing practice to design the museum to promote More

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New Chinese museums: “money can’t buy culture”

China’s rush to build thousands of new museums is leading to cultural buildings “with no vision and mediocre collections”, according to architects and curators in the country (+ slideshow). The programme, which has seen over 3,500 new Chinese museums built since 1978, has led to gigantic new institutions without exhibits, poor-quality buildings and structures located More

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