AREP's distinctive museum design captures the public's imagination
The City of Beijing's historical museum is located on a major thoroughfare, Fu Xing Men Road, whose entire
length will eventually be punctuated by the city's major cultural amenities. Standing back from the road in order
to create an open space suitable for cultural events and festivals looking out onto the city, the museum
features a large roof-structure cantilevered out over the public space.
Composed along the lines of a Chinese palace whose traditional attributes have been rephrased in a resolutely
contemporary vocabulary, in addition to a central courtyard and a stone wall marking the main entrance, the
museum comprises three pavilions built on a unified base.
Each of these uses different materials to identify its
function; a wooden box for temporary exhibitions, a grey stone bar for the multimedia library and technical
facilities, and a tilted bronze cylinder that projects our from the main structure of the building and which houses
the collections of precious artefacts.