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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Taiyuan Museum in China by Preston Scott Cohen designed using Rhino & Catia

 
July 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Preston Scott Cohen

The Taiyuan Museum of Art works as a cluster of buildings unified by continuous and discontinuous promenades both inside and outside. The building responds to the urban parkscape in which it is set; visitors are encouraged to pass through the building while not entering into the museum itself. An exterior ramp threading through the building connects the heterogeneous hardscapes, lawns and sculpture gardens. The integration of building and landscape registers multiple scales of territory ranging from the enormity of the adjacent Fen River to the intimacy of the museum’s own particular spatial episodes.

Construction Distance

  • Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
  • Project: Taiyuan Museum
  • Location: Taiyuan, China
  • Client: Taiyuan City Government
  • Total Area: 32,500 m2
  • Construction Budget: 6,500 RMB/m2
  • Software used: Rhino was used to design the form and the facade manufacturers used Catia.

Construction

Project Schedule:

  • Winner of the international competition, 2007
  • Design, 2007-2010
  • Construction, 2010-2011

Construction Entry

Project Team:

  • Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Cambridge, MA
  • Preston Scott Cohen (architectural design)
  • Amit Nemlich (project architect)
  • Collin Gardner, Hao Ruan, Joshua Dannenberg (project assistants)
  • Yair Keshet (model)
  • Architecture Design and Research Institute of South East University , Taiyuan (architect of record)

Construction Corner

Inside, the security of museum space is maintained by a highly controlled interface between gallery and non-gallery programs including an auditorium, bookstore, restaurant, library, education center, and administrative wing. The individual sets of elevators and cores are distributed to guarantee easy access and easy divisibility between zones regulated by different schedules and rules of access. At the garage level, the services are intricately planned in order not to interfere with parking lots for staff and public.

Construction Facade

The museum galleries are organized to ensure maximum curatorial flexibility. The galleries can be organized into a single, spiraling sequence for large chronological exhibitions or into autonomous clusters operating independently. For visitors architectural cues offer – the placement of ramps and portals, the expansion and contraction of space – provide a means of wayfinding. The building gives visitors the freedom either to follow a predetermined chronological sequence or to skip from one set of galleries to another, in a nonlinear fashion.

 

Construction Interior

Exterior light weight honeycomb panels with stone veneer produce an evocative and elusive material effect and the perception of an exceptional scale. The panels are reflective as if metallic, seemingly too large to be stone panels, but clearly possessing the properties of both materials. Advanced parametric software allowed panels to conform to standard widths, reducing material waste.

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Rendering Exterior

Rendering Interior

Plan 00

Site Plan

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Categories: Catia, Museum, Rhino

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