OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture

Beijing, CN


Dune Art Museum

Located on a quiet beach along the coast of Bohai Bay in northern China, the Dune Art Museum is carved into the sand, where it gently disappears. Inspired by childhood pastimes of digging in the sand, the art museum is comprised of a series of soft organic spaces, much like the mysterious caves which were once witness to some of man’s earliest artistic inclinations. After a dark entrance tunnel, the museum suddenly opens up into connected vaults of daylight and open space. Rays of sunlight, sculpted by different openings, enter the museum and diffuse around its curving surfaces, producing bright, multi-functional spaces which accommodate galleries, studios, a café, and an art bookstore. A spiral staircase leads to a lookout over the sand dunes, allowing visitors to find inspiration within both the museum and its natural surroundings. Fused with nature, the Dune Art Museum is a hidden shelter for people and art. 


Design Year: 2015 - 2018
Status: Under Construction 
Client: Aranya
Program: Reception, Café, Community Room, Exhibition Spaces, Outdoor Exhibition, Roof Terrace
Building Area: 930 m²
Location: Qinhuangdao, China


Design Firm: OPEN Architecture 
Principals in Charge: LI Hu, HUANG Wenjing
Project Team: ZHOU Tingting, WANG Mengmeng, HU Boji, FANG Kuanyin, Joshua PARKER, LU Di, LIN Bihong, YE Qing, Steven SHI, JIA Han
Local Design Institute: CABR Technology Co., Ltd

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Qinhuangdao, CN