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Chaoyang Archaeological Museum : Niu He Liang Building

Niu He Liang Archaeological Museum building, China – design by Sutherland Hussey Architects

1 Jun 2010

Archaeological Museum in Niu He Liang (Inner Mongolia)

Project: Archaeological Museum, Chaoyang, China
Design : Sutherland Hussey Architects with Pansolution

Project Description

Using a simple arched structure to span the area of the excavation zone, this proposal creates a singular external expression and a modulating, internal spatial experience.

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images from SHA


The existing landscape is modified around the archaeological ruins and formalised to define an elliptical surface. A simple arched structure is used, spanning from the perimeter of the ellipse and onto a inner circular compression ring which sits directly over the circular burial chamber.

This emphasises the significance of the burial chamber at the heart of the ruins and also creates a highly modulated internal space.


The visitor approaches the Museum from the east and at a level that gradually ascends to the same height as the archaeological ruins. The land is built-up to the south of the ruins and houses the more environmentally sensitive artefacts within. The visitor moves through the spaces and arrives at a pedestrian bridge which takes them over the ravine to continue on their explorations of the landscape. Alternatively they can return to the entrance to return to their car.

Consultants: Pansolution – Executive architects

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