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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.

Nantong Urban Planning Museum in China by HENN

 
November 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HENN

As part of the master plan designed by HENN, the new Nantong Urban Planning Museum is located prominently along the central river, whose course, together with existing cultural and commercial facilities, establish the primary East-West axis of Nantong.

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

  • Architects: HENN
  • Project: Nantong Urban Planning Museum
  • Location: Nantong, China
  • Client: Urban Planning Department of Nantong, Tongzhou
  • Architects And Lead Consultants: HENN
  • Principal: Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn
  • Design: Leander Adrian, Daniel da Rocha, Martin Henn, Anthony Hu, Alan Kim, Agata Kycia, Paul Langley, Jeewon Paek, Emil Pira, Klaus Ransmayr, Wei Sun, Mu Xingyu
  • Planning: Georg Pichler, Arjan Pit, Mu Xingyu, Jakob Drömmer
  • Quantity Surveying: Tshinghua University Architecture Design Institute
  • Construction Management: Arjan Pit, Mu Xingyu
  • Photography: Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

  • Structural Engineers: Tshinghua University Architecture Design Institute, Beijing
  • Technical Building Services: Tshinghua University Architecture Design Institute, Beijing
  • Landscape Design: HENN
  • Coordination/costing: Tshinghua University Architecture Design Institute
  • Project team: Arjan Pit, Mu Xingyu, Li Zhi
  • Construction management: Tshinghua University Architecture Design Institute, Beijing
  • Interior Design: Feng Yu Zhu (A Blue Design), Shanghai
  • Design Period: November 2011 to May 2012
  • Construction Period: March 2012 to October 2012
  • Gross floor area: 8,100 m2
  • Net floor area: 7,000 m2
  • Exhibition area: 4,900 m2
  • Contractor: Xinhua, Nantong

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

The museum is characterized as a 16 m, floating volume, which rests on a setback glass pedestal, offering space for special exhibitions, café and bookstore. The overall dominant form which cantilevers above the glass entry, contains the primary exhibition space, offices and conference rooms.

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Its distinctive façade is composed of two layers: the inner which thermally seals the building envelope, and the outer, a reticulated metal structure with a gradient of varied panels. The façade’s diamond-shaped Diagrid is comprised of seven different panels that allow for varying degrees of opening from 9%-60%. This provides an opportunity for the controlled regulation of sunlight in fine increments, to accommodate the needs of the interior program.

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

The exhibition spaces are therefore, characterized by a predominantly closed façade with minimal openings, and the offices with maximum levels of natural daylight.

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

Image Courtesy © Bartosz Kolonko

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