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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.

MoMA Chengdu in China by Studio Ramoprimo

February 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Ramoprimo

Competition and design task: the Competition was organized by the Chengdu Ministry of Culture and the Chengdu Culture and Tourism Development Group in December 2007. The site is located on the north-west of the central Tianfu Square, around which the city government is planning to build a double ring of public facilities. The first ring will be the new cultural center, including cultural and leisure facilities and museum buildings, the second and larger one will be a crown of CBD style skyscrapers. Coincidentally the site corresponds to the southwest corner of the disappeared “Si Chuan Gong Yuan”, ancient city wall from the Qing Dynasty. If you dig here, there is a good chance to find some of those old rests.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Studio Ramoprimo
  • Name of Project: MoMA Chengdu
  • Location: China
  • Team leaders: Stefano Avesani (STUDIO RAMOPRIMO) with Wenjun Li
  • Design team: Frisly Colop, Zhixing Zhao, Fei Tang, Jinze Cui, Xiancheng Feng
  • Project name: MoMA CHENDU – TianFu Museum of Modern Art

Exterior View

  • Project type: Invited competition, 1st prize
  • Program: Museum, offices, music auditoriums and multi-functional centre, restaurants, leisure, parking lots
  • Year: 2008
  • Total site area: 18,000 m²
  • Total floor area: 75,000 m²
  • On Ground: 45,000 m²
  • Underground: 30,000 m²
  • Green Ratio: 35%
  • Total site area: 18,000 m²
  • Total floor area: 75,000 m²
  • On Ground: 45,000 m²
  • Underground: 30,000 m²
  • Base Area: 9,000 m²
  • Plot ratio: 2.5
  • Density: 50%
  • Green Ratio: 35%


Bird eye view

Masterplan and design concept: the concept for the Tianfu Museum of Modern Art in Chengdu takes advantage from the existing situation of the surroundings. The basic idea is to enlarge the existing public space of Tianfu Square and make it “climbing” on the roof of the new building. The new museum is a group of volumes creating a small cultural city. Two main axis cut the site area defining a comfortable pedestrian island where people can walk away from cars. The new urban situation is also establishing new visual and physical connections between existing parts of the city. People can pass trough the plot and easily come from the Tianfu square and reach the surrounding museums. The four museum blocks (restaurant, music auditorium, offices and exhibition) create an arising slope on which people can walk, seat, play, have a rest, enjoy the view to the central square like in a open public theater. The whole shape according the function is rising step by step from the earth to the sky, while the ending corner of the building replaces the original position of the ancient and forgotten city wall.


Bird eye view


RAMOPRIMO is a Beijing based group of architects, designers and urban planners working between Italy and China. The name of the studio refers to the name of some hidden lane of Venice and it’s the Italian translation of the Chinese term Tou Tiao, which indicates the first lane of a series of Hutong alleys in Beijing carrying the same name. It marks the beginning of an urban process. Our projects range from urban planning to graphic design, interior and architecture. In parallel with the design practice we are carrying on the INSTANT HUTONG project, investigating the process of rapid urbanization in China, the relations between social and physical aspects of everyday environment and the ways for people to reinterpret the urban landscape.


Interior View

Master plan




Top Plan

1st floor plan

2nd floor plan

3rd floor plan

Urban axis


Category: Mixed use

One Response to “MoMA Chengdu in China by Studio Ramoprimo”

  1. Domus China says:

    The owner of the proposal MOMA CHENGDU was ‘Wande – Wanmai International’ (Duliao Studio). This is officially confirmed by the ‘Chengdu Ministry of Culture’, (Tel: +86 28 61883775) and ‘Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group’, (Tel: +86 28 85599328)

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