Pingtan Art Museum
by MAD

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Beijing architecture studio MAD has designed an artificial island with an art museum set in caves in its three dune-like forms.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

Set in a reservoir on Pingtan island in China's Fujian province, the Pingtan Art Museum will be accessed via a narrow undulating bridge.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

The building is designed by MAD as three concrete mounds, creating cave-like exhibition spaces inside and curved public spaces over the rooftops.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

"The island is firstly a public space that is then turned into a museum," say the architects. "The sea, the beach, the oasis and the slope all interconnect with each other, forming a harmonious capacious space with the mountains in the distance."

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

The concrete walls will be mixed with local sand and shells to give them a rough, grainy texture.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

As the largest private museum in Asia, the 40,000 square-metre structure will display a collection of over a thousand Chinese artworks and objects.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

The building will also form the centre of a new city on Pingtan, which is currently in the planning stages.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

Other projects underway by MAD include a village of towering apartment blocks in the mountains and a skyscraper with gardens at each level.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

Completed buildings by the firm include a pair of twisted skyscrapers and an icicle-shaped museum for wooden sculptures. See more architecture by MAD »

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

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MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction Preparation Phase

Pingtan Art Museum, the third museum design by MAD Architects, has just begun its construction preparation phase. It will be the largest private museum in Asia, claiming a construction area of over 40,000 square metres. The museum's investments total around 800 million RMB and upon completion, its debut exhibition will display over a thousand pieces of national treasures.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

Being the largest island in the Fujian province, Pingtan is also the Chinese island nearest to Taiwan. In 2010, the 'Comprehensive Experimental Zone' project in Pingtan was officially launched; the island is expected to become the primary location for trade and cultural communication between Taiwan and the mainland in the foreseeable future. The island, which is currently home to fisheries and a military base, will quickly be transformed into an large-scale urban development zone.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

This new city, which is still under planning, will hold the museum at its centre. The museum itself acts as a smaller scale island off the Pingtan Island itself, connected to land only by a slightly undulating pier, which, in turn, bridges artificial and natural, city and culture, as well as history and future. The museum represents a long-lasting earthscape in water and is a symbol of the island in ancient times, with each island containing a mountain beneath it.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction

The island is firstly a public space that is then turned into a museum. The sea, the beach, the oasis and the slope all interconnect with each other, forming a harmonious capacious space with the mountains in the distance. The building is constructed with concrete that is blended with local sand shells. The indoor space, formed by the rise and fall of the formal movements, looks similar to ancient caves.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction
Site location plan

Pingtan Art Museum is built in a landscape setting of an urban city. After its completion, it will create a new space for the city and the city's inhabitants and further inspire them to reflect on the impact made by time and nature.

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction
Site plan

Location: Pingtan, China
Program: Museum
Site Area: 32,000 sqm
Building Area: 40,000 sqm
Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design Team: Zhao Wei, Huang Wei, Liu Jiansheng, Jei Kim, Li Jian, Li Guangchong, Alexandre Sadeghi

MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction
Floor plan - click for larger image
MAD Pingtan Art Museum Begins Construction
Roof plan - click for larger image
  • Urban Commentary

    This is depressing on so many levels.

    This is a prime example of the sad state architecture and it’s process is in today. Learn rhino > imagine up any form > add crappy theory and purpose > render it to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator of Intelligence > and voila! You have a project.

    • Gary Walmsley

      Fine urban commentary, but if you’re concept of beautiful architecture is the worn out and tired Modernism that has been reigning for well over a half century – of flat, stark planes – then you’re part of the problem, not the solution of invigorating architecture.

      Maybe YOU SHOULD learn Rhino and/or other 3D programs. Let see what responsible gems YOU create.

  • Dave

    I assume all the artwork is hung or on pedestals. How might one create an installation in this space? The only option would be to antagonize the space itself. A very bizarre gallery building.

  • mollycod

    What happens when it floods?

    • Gary Walmsley

      Look up flotation. Ships and boats use flotation so that they don’t flood! Cool, right?

  • zizi

    Nice, this is a building whose curves actually blend in with the landscape. Not so for the tall square towers nearby, which make the effort here almost useless.

  • Mario

    Wake me up when building starts.

  • http://dorianmaine.com Dorian Maine

    The render is rather awful but as an artist I’m in love with the cavernous exhibit halls, and I believe there is great potential to create insane walk-through installations. Excited to see where this heads.

  • pipo

    It really looks like a tomb or a cave. Might be hard for any artwork to compete with the space itself actually. Pretty depressing design.

  • amsam

    @zizi: Contrary to what a certain number of dezeen commenters seem to think, blending in with the landscape is not necessarily the most awesome thing architecture can do.

    @Mario: Bingo.

    @me: I love the idea of a man-made island that doesn’t try to look natural. Don’t think I’ve seen that before? But having had the idea, it seems like the result could be a lot more exciting.

    • Gary Walmsley

      “blending in with the landscape is not necessarily the most awesome thing architecture can do.” Perhaps amsam, but it’s not necessarily the most ‘un-awesome’ thing to achieve either.

  • Tie

    110% bling, 0% resolution.

  • guz

    These guys have gone truly MAD!

  • William Rogan

    Whatta mess! More Chinese amoebas.

  • Aaron

    Why do the renders feature a sports car but no art?

  • Gary Walmsley

    It’s INSANELY extravagant and impractical, but I hate to admit I love it nonetheless.