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.
Ordos T.C.A.O. Museum in Inner Mongolia, China by ///byn
November 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ///byn
Chinese calligraphy is mainly based in three characteristics: status of mind, line & color. These tree concepts triggered our original ideas for the Ordos Museum
The inhabiting/space populating logic in Inner Mongolia is grouping. Local herds of camels & horses used to browse the steppe in search for comfort. This comfort was only fulfilled when they would arrive to a DECISSION to settle in the landscape. In the same manner, the always present clouds populate the Inner Mongolian sky: groups of rounded & cotton locking clouds spread at the intense blue sky. Finally, also the original nomads will settle their yurts following a constellation. An primary impression of non-organization is quickly overcome by a self-organized logic. Here, the museum volumes have found their own space in the park. The logics of placement come from many different aspects: orientation, functionality, targeted visuals, public space, creating a unique orchestrated sequence of spaces.
Weather has a big impact on Inner Mongolia, it merges everything together. Winds blurs nature & manmade. Grasslands wrap entirely the landscape both rural and urban scapes. Water erodes the land creating grooves in the soil and rocks and, more importantly; Architecture is tightly blend to the nature by being inspired in its morphologies. T.C.A.O MUSEUM doesn’t block the river park but on the contrary it expands it and makes it more accessible: It works as a hinge between the urban axis on the west and the river park on the east. It combines a south-oriented public space dedicated to the citizen’s social activities with a North nature-preserved park. It allows the water and the views towards the water flow along a new slope.
T.C.A.O MUSEUM doesn’t dialogue with the landscape in a unique way. There is a constant play between the background (river / park) and the figure (museum) Sometimes the museum rests on the park, some others it sinks within; it evens buries inside… the consequence is that the Architecture frames the landscape and transforms it, bringing it to this river front the status of a Landmark/destination in Ordos.
///byn was founded in 2001 in Barcelona by the architects Bittor SANCHEZ-MONASTERIO and Nicolas SALTO DEL GIORGIO.
///byn is an investigative architectural office, where the interest in new conceptual research, academics, and technology based design, is applied to projects of every scale, including master plan, urban design, architecture or interior design.
///byn was understood from the beginning as a nomadic platform that should be flexible enough to travel around the globe, while Bittor & Nicolas were still collaborating with world renowned architects. From 2004 to 2008, the practice moved to New York, and in May 2008 it moved to its current base in Shanghai. Since May 2009 ///byn is a full time working office.
Our current location in China is not arbitrary. We are trying to find the highest intensity points on earth, where new trends are happening and there is a global dynamism. China offered us the opportunity to really establish the company, and be able to explore our thoughts on architecture and design. In the following year we are planning to expand the office with a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in our continuous search of the new poles.