Guangzhou Museum

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Guangzhou Museum

Chinese Building Development – design by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects

page updated 15 Sep 2016 with new images ; 17 Jun 2015

Guangzhou Museum in China

Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Design: gmp

Competition Win, Project Commissioned

Guangzhou Museum Building

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) were awarded 1st prize for their competition entry for the new construction of the Guangzhou City Museum.

At the same time, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid/Berlin) won the competition for the adjacent Science Museum which, together with the city’s new Art Museum (commissioned a year ago and being designed by Thomas Herzog Architects), will form the central cultural precinct of this third-largest Chinese city. These cultural buildings surround a large parkland area with squares, which lies to the south of the Canton Tower at the Pearl River.

Guangzhou Museum Building

The design for the Guangzhou Museum includes a reference to the historic Chigang Pagoda, which lies to the north of the building towards the Pearl River. The height of the northern end of the museum will be limited to 18 m, thus respecting the importance of the historic tower building, gradually rising towards the south to a total height of 40 m. This creates a roof terrace facing the Pagoda, which is accessible to the public via external staircases/ramps and, in addition to serving the museum, provides a view to the impressive skyline of the city to the north of the Pearl River.

Guangzhou Museum Building

The increasing height of the building volume can also be perceived inside the museum, which features a central hall with a range of terraced levels. The building, the shape of which has been developed within the urban design context, is characterized by the interaction between linear glazed openings for the entrance area, various commercial functions and restaurants/cafeterias, and opaque parts of the building for the exhibition areas. The calm, horizontal building volume defines the south-western boundary of Lingnan Square, which has been designed as a stage for public life in the city.

Guangzhou Museum Building

Guangzhou Museum – Building Information

Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project management – competition: Tobias Keyl
Team members – competition: Li Zheng, Jing Chen, Yang Li, Dimitri Philippe, Sebastian Linnack, Jing Zhao, Mulyanto, Tianshuo Zhang, Dinah Borjans
Client: Administration of Culture, Press, Publication, Radio and Television of Guangzhou Municipalities
GFA above ground: 49,727 sqm
GFA below ground: 32,080 sqm
Total GFA: 81,807 sqm

Guangzhou Museum Building

The following practices took part in the competitions:

Guangzhou Museum
– Beijing Institute of Architectural Design with Bjarke Ingels Group
– Bernard Tschumi Architects
– Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
– Guangzhou Hanhua Architects + Engineers
– Lacaton & Vassal Architects
– Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with CITIC arch Design
– TFP Farrells
– Wilcoter (shanghai) Architecture and Planning Design

Guangzhou Museum Building

Guangzhou Science Museum
– Atelier FCJZ with Shenzhen A+E Design
– Architecture Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology – MAD Architects
– MLA + B.V. with NorthernLight
– Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
– Henn GmbH with Guangzhou Design Institute
– Steven Holl Architects
– China Architecture Design & Research Group + Nicolas Grimshaw and Buro Happold

Guangzhou Museum in China images / information from gmp

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