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The museum, the structure of which was conceived by Arup, is supported by a complex steel lattice and 10 columns that come together toward the bottom in a basket-like shape. The envelope is made out of a double-curved layer of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) commonly used in the construction of boats and yachts. The building is accessed through a free-standing glass pavilion whose lower and upper galleries, amounting to an area of 6,000 square meters, are connected with elevators and escalators.

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The spheroid structure floats above the landscaped pond and rises toward the sky with its fingers of varying heights. The fingers, or petals, are clad in bead-blasted stainless steel panels. FRP’s were used for the facades thanks to a joint-free system which creates a sense of lightness.

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Via Archdaily