The Japanese firm SANAA, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, has won the competition to build the Maritime Museum in the Dapeng area of the city of Shenzhen. Its scheme, titled ‘The Cloud on the Ocean,’ was one of 88 entries that came from 20 countries. Kengo Kuma & Associates, MVRDV, Sou Fujimoto Architects, and UNStudio were co-finalists.
Combining elements of local culture, the site, and the marine environment, the design evokes a light cloud emerging amid mountains and the ocean. The light-toned materials of the skin create an interaction of transparency, translucency, and opacity. Flexible, uninterrupted, column-free spaces experiment with an alternation of hollow and solid, light and shadow. Hemispheric volumes of different sizes are interconnected but function independently of one another to accommodate facilities for exhibitions, the museum’s permanent collection, educational activities, and marine science research.
Museo Marítimo Maritime Museum, Shenzhen (China)
Engineering Design Management Center of Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality
SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa)
Equipo de diseño Design team
Rikiya Yamamoto, Takayuki Furuya, Kae Ito, Liu Jiaming, Naoya Harada, Fady Haddad, Liu Ziyue, Iven Peh, Im Chikuan, Noemi Marcazzan, Alexander Zikanov, Zhang Jiaqi
ARUP (estructura y fachada structure and façade)
57.756 m² (área del lugar site area); 100.000 m² (museo museum); 8.000 m² (agua waterwork)