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iADC Design Museum in Shenzhen

27 July 2020

iADC Design Museum

Design: Rocco Design Architects Associates

Location: Shapu, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

The iADC Design Museum, situated at the heart of Shapu Art Town in Shenzhen’s Bao’an District, is designed as a cultural hub and landmark for a new neighborhood built on a previously undeveloped plot of land. The Museum anchors Art Town—a group of recently built spaces for the arts—linking the cluster of studios, galleries, art schools, and exhibition spaces into a unified cultural district.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

By introducing a vibrant mix of uses and fostering community, the Museum and Art Town generate the rich sense of place that typically arises as neighborhoods develop over time. Together, they define the district—which had no history or sense of identity—as a major destination for the arts.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

To create a core for the previously disjointed area, the design introduces a network of public gathering places and walkways that organize the surroundings into a cohesive neighborhood centered on the Museum. Lifting the galleries off the ground and suspending them in a floating volume, the design opens up a public plaza that spans the site’s length.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

Punctuated by sunken courtyards connected to the Museum’s basement, the plaza creates a new neighborhood center that links Art Town Main Street with the rest of the district and offers a lively gathering place.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

The design of the Museum building creates an iconic presence and visual focal point in the area while emphasizing a sense of openness. The facade is articulated by a series of folds, peeling away from the structure as it nears the ground to reveal the public plaza and creating moments of transparency that afford glimpses of the art inside.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

The facades fold away from the corner of the building, opening an entrance that ushers visitors towards the grand stairway up to the galleries.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

Inside, the Museum is split into two wings—one displaying Chinese art, the other exhibitions of contemporary design—that interlock around a central staircase. Ascending through the Museum, the folding facades open up views over Art Town, enhancing the sense of connection between the Museum and the surrounding district.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

iADC Design Museum, Shenzhen – Building Information

Design: Rocco Design Architects Associates

Designed Year: 2014
Completion Year: 2019
Location: Shapu, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China
GFA: 12,900 sqm
Site Area: 18,000 sqm

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

Design Team: Rocco Yim, Derrick Tsang, William Tam, Alex Tang, William Lee, Yang Shi Pei, Thomas Cheng, Hoey Yip, Caitlin Xie, Cai Jing Hua, Huang Zhan Ling, Leo Zhou, Xian Huansheng, Karen Lam

Client / Developer: Shenzhen Manjinghua Investment Group
M & E Consultant: Hua Yi Design Consultants Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Hua Yi Design Consultants Ltd.
Main Contractor: China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Ltd.

IADC Design Museum Shenzhen China

Photography: Arch Exist

iADC Design Museum in Shenzhen, China images / information received 270720

Location: Shapu, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China

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