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“L’ornamento è delitto”, dichiarava senza mezze misure Adolf Loos all’inizio del Novecento, e tutti noi siamo figli di quel divieto. Ogni orpello, ogni decorazione, ogni piccolo fregio è stato a lungo bandito dall’architettura come un inutile sovraccarico di cui liberarsi. Per decenni abbiamo coltivato il mito di un’architettura bella perché vera, rivelatrice di forme, strutture, reti di servizio. L’ornamento e la decorazione, la cura dei colori e dei dettagli è stata relegata all’interno degli edifici, dove si sono moltiplicati gli stili, i linguaggi, le sperimentazioni.

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China Wood Sculpture Museum

Thanks to its polished steel skin, the building mirrors the surroundings and the changing light. The solid walls ensure minimal heat loss while the breaking and twisting motion of the emerging skylights splits the surface and allows in light from the low-hanging sun of northern China; this provides sufficient natural diffused illumination to the three halls on the interior. 

The museum mainly houses local wood sculptures as well as paintings depicting the ice and snow of the regional scenery. In the context of the large-scale modern urban setting, the museum itself serves as a new interpretation of nature. The surreal interaction between the museum and the city breaks through the tedium of the urban shell, revitalizing the surroundings with a new cultural feature.

Photos of the building by Xiahzi

Location: Harbin, China

Site Area: 9,788 mq

Area: 12,959 mq

Building Length: 196 m

Building Height: 21 m

Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
Design

Team: Yu Kui, Daniel Gillen, Bas van Wylick, Diego Perez, Jordan Kanter, Huang Wei, Julian Sattler, Liu Weiwei, Tang Liu, Mao Peihong, Maria Alejandra Obregon, Nickolas Urano, Gus Chan, Shin Park,  Alejandro Gonzalez

Associate Engineers: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

Curtain Wall Consultant: Inhabit Group

Panel Optimization: Gehry Technologies

Steel Structure Contractor: Zhejiang Jing Gong Steel Structure

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