ASS - Shenbei Shenyang planning museum
"The exhibition halls are organized as a series of galleries rotating around a central atrium"
Client / Owner: Shenyang city
Location / Place: Shenyang, China
Area / Surface: 21000sqm / 21000m²
Year / Year: 2009
Cooperation / Collaboration: Zeidler Partnership
Status / Status: Competition / Concours
In the Chinese tradition, putting paper cuttings on the windows to celebrate new year is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The use of this kind of patterns in architecture can be very intricate, creating a unique effect as light comes through the paper to the interior, casting interesting shadows.
Starting with a flat sheet of paper, the form folds to encase the basic massing of the planning hall and the convention center. The exterior surface is white while the interior is red.
The exhibition halls are organized as a series of galleries rotating around a central atrium. Each hall steps up slightly to create a continuous experience. A series of ramps and stairs connect the halls to each other and provide visual breaks between exhibits on the atrium.