Datong Art Museum

Foster + Partners 

The firm of Norman Foster has built the new Datong Art Museum. On the outside, the building is like an erupting landscape. Only the upper part is visible, with a steel-clad roof rendered in earthy tones. Embedding the museum onto the square reduced its scale, integrating it with the environment. The roof is composed of interconnected pyramids varying in height. An alternation of openings at the top brings in daylight and generate a dynamic play of natural lights and shadows in the underground spaces. The 32,000-square-meter complex harbors the Grand Gallery, which rises to a height of 37 meters.