Datong Art Museum, the 21st Century China’s Museum, is under Construction
Datong Art Museum is under construction from today. Architects Foster + Partners has been engaged to create China's Museum of the 21st Century to represent the country in the 'Beyond the Building' Basel Art international tour.
With four interconnected pyramids, the museum will be build in one of four major new buildings within Datong New City's cultural plaza.The entire museum has been sunk into the ground with only the peaks of the roof visible at ground level. The Grand Gallery is its center piece with a 37 meter tall atrium with a clear span of 80 meters provides area for large-scale installations and exhibitions.
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"We are delighted to reveal designs for the new museum and look forward to working with the city to take the project to the next stage. When complete, Datong's new quarter will be the centre of the city's cultural life, with the new museum as its 'urban room' - a dynamic space, open to everyone to meet and enjoy its different displays and activities," Luke Fox, a senior partner at Foster + Partners mentioned in a report.
Some of the characteristics of the museum are in accordance with the vision of Foster + Partners' architecture and it is that they believe that not just buildings but urban design that influences our well-being. They work with the physical context of a project, sensitive to the culture and climate of their place. In this context, and according to the firm's website, the building's efficient passive design responds to Datong's climate. High-level skylights take advantage of the building's north and north-west orientation, using natural light to aid orientation while minimizing solar gain and ensuring the optimum environment for the works of art. A high-performance enclosure further reduces energy use.