Image © Steven Holl Architects
Recycled Old Hutong bricks from the destroyed courtyards in the center of Nanjing are used to pave the new courtyard of the museum. Bamboo, which previously grew on the site, was used to make forms for the black-stained concrete. Additionally, the museum utilizes geothermal heating and cooling as well as recycled storm water. The museum’s palette was limited to black and white to help show of the texture and color of the art exhibited within.
One of the first exhibits at the museum will feature the architecture of Steven Holl in China, including the design and construction of the Museum as well as the Linked Hybrid in Beijing.
Images ©Iwan Baan, Shu He & Steven Holl Architects