MAD Architects

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Asian/Pacific Islander owned

Beijing, CN | Santa Monica, CA


China Wood Sculpture Museum

As the main city of Northern China, Harbin is in the process of defining itself as a regional hub for the arts at a time when the historic city is rapidly expanding.

Inspired by the unique local winter landscapes, the wood sculpture museum designed by MAD is a contrast between the elegance of nature and the speed of daily life. Its 200 meter long body is shaped as a frozen fluid that reflects and explores the relation between the building and the environment.

The museum linear organized interior is connected by a centralized entrance which both separates the two museums while simultaneously joining them, achieving a symbiotic relationship. The exhibition spaces are organized around 3 atriums with skylights that are designed to capture the northern low solar path. This fine balance between light and shadow guides visitors through the exhibitions, forming a poetic space which binds nature, art and people.
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Status: Under Construction
Location: Harbin, CN