Extension of Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts in XianNeri & Hu Design and Research Office
- Typologies Museum Culture / Leisure
- Material Travertine
- Date 2021
- City Xian (Shaanxi)
- Country China
- Photographer Tian Fangfang Runzi Zhu
The mission assigned to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu was to create a new architectural icon at the east entrance to the museum, and the Shanghai firm responded with a scheme topped with a circular volume, a urban monument addressing new cultural and commercial functions. The monolith contains an outdoor amphitheater for public activities and private events alike. This circular mass was sculpted with units of red travertine masonry, set at intervals to accentuate plays of light.
Partly sunken, the base of the building of cast-in-place concrete contains the former museum spaces facilities and the restaurant, and includes new shops. The new construction hides escalators within a sculptural form.