CAPITAL MUSEUM OF BEIJING
A new historical museum
- Client: Beijing City
- Prime Contrator: AREP Ville, Architecture and design Institute of Beijing (Cui Kai, architect) / Engineering & Structural Design: MaP3
- Site surface: 60 000 m²
- Delivery: 2006
Awards and prizes
- 2002 - 2nd Shanghai International Design Exhibition of Architects
The City of Beijing's historical museum is located on a major thoroughfare, Fu Xing Men Road, whose entire length will eventually be punctuated by the city's major cultural amenities.
Standing back from the road in order to create an open space suitable for cultural events and festivals looking out onto the city, the museum features a large roof-structure cantilevered out over the public space. Composed along the lines of a Chinese palace whose traditional attributes have been rephrased in a resolutely contemporary vocabulary, in addition to a central courtyard and a stone wall marking the main entrance, the museum comprises three pavilions built on a unified base. Each of these uses different materials to identify its function: a wooden box for temporary exhibitions, a grey stone bar for the multimedia library and technical facilities, and an tilted bronze cylinder that projects our from the main structure of the building and which houses the collections of precious artefacts.
Capital museum of Beijing video © AREP 2009 / Grzegorz Tomczak