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While the museum looks pretty flat, it will actually have three levels since it will make use of the park below and the rooftop as well. The ground floor will have landscaped public space along with amphitheatres, open sports fields and meeting spaces. The middle level, which will actually be contained within the “cloud,” will house exhibition spaces, cafes, restaurants and offices. Visitors will be able to reach the middle level via elevators inside the buildings stalk-like supports.

On the roof level, visitors will have access to a sort of second artificial landscape. Lakes, greenery and wetlands will blanket the top of the cloud, all hovering high above the ground. The roof will also house an array of solar panels, which will take advantage of Xiamen’s warm climate.

+ MAD Architects