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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.

Museum for Qujing Culture Center Completed in China Designed by Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

 
June 17th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Qujing is one of a kind. Two impossible miracles co-exist in city of Qujing: the Longyan Tablet and a fish fossil of 4,000-billion-year-old. While Longyan Tablet marks the invention of a prominent calligraphic style, the fish fossil rewrites geology in human history. The archaeological relics are both metaphor and subject matter of the project. According to Plato, “whatever once exists can never cease to exist,” the collective consciousness of the city and her citizens awaits a resurrection, in a contemporary setting, through the materialization of a series of significant projects.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

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  • Architects: Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter
  • Project: Museum for Qujing Culture Center Completed
  • Location: Qujing, Yunnan, China
  • Client: Qujing Culture and Sport Center Building Commission
  • Principals in Charge: Yan Huang
  • Design Architect: Yingfan Zhang, Xiaojun Bu
  • Project Architect: Qiuda Lin, Weining Lin
  • Architecture Design Team: Zhanghan Zheng,Zhenqing Que, Ling Zeng, Jeff Ding
Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

  • Structure: Masha Yang, Yingying Lin
  • MEP Engineer: Guangyu Zhang, Xiaonan Zhu, Xiaoan Han
  • Cost: $17,744,615
  • Area: 202,361.5 SF
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Project Completion: 2015
Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

The museum is entered through center of building mass. Audiences are elevated to a concrete plateau, as they begin their exhibition routes at a strategic point in space. A vertical plaza is defined by processional steps and its echoing suspended roof. The graduate suspension of the enormous roof presents an “anti-gravity” architecture statement that puts the audiences in awe. One could experience the immensity of space and time the city occupies. The strong presence of the void reinstates the gravitas of the museum’s subject matter: a profound history dates back over 4,000 billion years.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

A vertical landscape made of concrete drapes down from roof to the ground. As audiences penetrate the landscape and reach to the exhibition zone, geography and humanity converge at that every moment.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Atelier Alter

Instead of assimilating into analogies of the site—terrace field, fossil grain, or calligraphic strokes—the formal expression of the architecture is in dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, the familiar and the unfamiliar.

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Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

Image Courtesy © Hordor Design Group and Atelier Alter

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