Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

QINTAI ART MUSEUM

Atelier Deshaus

ARCHITECTS
Atelier Deshaus

LOCATION
Wuhan, China

AREA
43080 m²

CATEGORY
Museums & Exhibit

INTERIOR CONTRACTOR
Shenzhenwenye Decoration&Design Engineering Co.Ltd

PHOTOGRAPHS
Fangfang Tian, Shengliang Su

YEAR
2022

STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
AND Office

GENERAL CONTRACTOR
China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Group Co.Ltd

SIGNAGE DESIGN
Nanjing Hanqingtang Design Co. Ltd

DESIGN TEAM
Yichun Liu, Yu Chen, Longhai Wang, Chenchen Hu, Hao Chen, Wen Shen, Chihhan Chen, Yun Tang, Xiaoqi Zhang, Wenchao Wu, Rui Deng, Xin Liu, Zirui Pang, Jiawen Wang, Ye Cao

COLLABORATION
CITIC General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd

CLIENT
Wuhan Real Estate Construction & Investment (Group) Co., Ltd

LIGHTING DESIGN
Shanghai Zen Lighting Co., Ltd.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Wuhan Institute of Landscape Architectural Design Co. Ltd

FLOODLIGHTING DESIGN
Huajian new era Wuhan Engineering Design Co. Ltd

FACADE DESIGN
Shanghai CIMA Engineering Consulting Co. Ltd.

Qintai Art Museum is located on the lakeside of Moon Lake in Wuhan’s Hanyang District, facing Meizi Hill across the lake to the south.

In order to reduce the weight of the architectural mass on the natural surface of the lake, the form of an undulating natural terrain is used in the direction of the lake, while sinking part of the exhibition spaces underground.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

This both uses the underground space, and also minimizes the massing on the ground. On the side facing the city road, on the other hand, a vertical facade continues to uphold architecture’s urbanity.

The undulating roof is formed by an abstract stepped terrace following topographic contours. The risers of the steps are lined using silver metallic surfaces.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

While the treads are covered with white stones and low vegetation, traversed by winding planked walking paths.These rooftop paths are entirely open to the public, connecting to the Moon Lake, as well as the exits of the museum exhibition spaces.

The space for public education, the art shop, the café, and the other public spaces.Thus, they form a public space framework independent from the exhibition spaces of the museum.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

The activities of the public are part of the architectural surface.The art museum architecture as intervention has redefined the urban space on the south bank of Moon Lake.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

To the west of the museum the space is reserved for an urban plaza, interacting in the future with the Wuhan Library and Drama Centre under planning.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

The main entrance to the museum, as well as the programs with strong public tenets including the Creative Cultural Spaces, are all placed on this side, where a subtly inwardly-curved façade together with the place creates a sense of enclosure.

From the plaza there are ramped paths linking to the second-floor café and rooftop terrace, establishing a public circulation that could still operate after the museum closes.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

Operationally, this strengthens the openness of the museum and the urbanity of the architecture.The main hall, together with the undulating roofscape, creates a unique space for exhibition.

The space of the exhibition uses floating exhibition walls, and there is no longer a set circulation for visiting the exhibition. The walls are both surfaces for exhibiting, as well as the structure for the undulating roof.

Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian
Qintai Art Museum
© Fangfang Tian

The exhibition spaces for contemporary art, modern art, classical art, as well as for special exhibitions, could be independently accessed, or sequentially linked, having great functional flexibility.

Qintai Art Museum
© Shengliang Su
Qintai Art Museum
© Shengliang Su


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