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Beijing Capital Museum, Beijing, China

Thursday 02 Jul 2009

People's public

Beijing Capital Museum by AREP in Beijing, China
AREP Groupe 
Beijing Capital Museum by AREP in Beijing, China Beijing Capital Museum by AREP in Beijing, China Beijing Capital Museum by AREP in Beijing, China
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20/10/09 David Koh, Singapore
The facade with its strange vocabulary is culturally alien and clueless. The attempt to mix the old and the new is not working. It is architect that does not stimulates and excites but puzzles.
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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.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)

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