French architect Jean Nouvel recently unveiled designs for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Located in Beijing's Olympic Park, the museum is partially wrapped in a filigree facade and will house an impressive collection of Chinese art dating from the Ming era to today. Jean Nouvel's designs for the museum beat out those of other high-profile architects--Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie and Zaha Hadid--in a competition in 2013.
Nouvel’s nearly 33-acre museum will be seven times larger than the current institution located near the Forbidden City and will be built in collaboration with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. Inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” Nouvel gave the massive building a sense of lightness by recessing the ground floor and covering the north side of the building in a delicate filigree facade. The perforated facade also serves to filter sunlight and ventilation into a large four-season indoor garden.
On the ground floor, Summer Hall occupies the central space of the building and is decorated with an ornate, gold-painted ceiling. A large funnel-shaped atrium hovers above the space, channeling natural light from the accessible rooftop down to the ground level. In addition to the large-scale garden and exhibition spaces, the museum will also include a research and education center, auditorium, and a variety of public spaces. No completion date for the museum has been released yet.
Images via Ateliers Jean Nouvel