Earthquake Museum, Wenchuan
Cai Yongjie  Cao Ye 
Earthquake Museum, Wenchuan

Earthquake Museum, Wenchuan

Cai Yongjie  Cao Ye 


The earthquake that hit Wenchuan County on 12 May 2008 was the second deadliest ever to be recorded in China, leaving close to 70,000 dead, 375,000 wounded, and losses estimated at 123,000 million dollars. Built in the locality of Qushan (Sichuan province) as a memorial to the victims, the monument and museum complex relies on an easy-to-read symbol: the idea of a fracture dramatically rupturing a placid landscape of green hills, in the same way that seismic activity opens up wounds on the ground.

The scenery of sloping fields is the result of giving green roofs to the subterranean buildings that together make up the museum and the monument, which are equipped, moreover, with a highly efficient anti-seismic system based on rubber shock absorbers. For their part, the abstract fissures seen on the ground are actually long walls dug deep into the earth to retain it, and they have been clad with huge sheets of CorTen steel that take on a special patina reminding us of the enthropic nature of natural catastrophes...[+]


Obra Work
‘5.12’: Museo y monumento nacional en recuerdo del Terremoto de Wenchuan, en Beichuan Qushan (provincia de Sichuan, China) ‘5.12’: Wenchuan National Earthquake Memorial and Museum in Beichuan Qushan Town (Sichuan province, China).

Cliente Client
Mianyang City Quake Lake Gobernance / Beichuan Protection Headquarters.  

Presupuesto Budget
20.325.000 euros.

Superficie construdia Built area
14.280 m².

Arquitectos Architects
Cai Yongjie / Cao Ye (construcción y diseño interior construction and interior design). En colaboración con In collaboration with Tongji Architectural Design (Group).

Ingeniería Engineering
Yu Zhongjun, Li Xueping, Gong Haining, Mao Huaxiong, Sun Feng / Tongji Architectural Desig (Group).

Fotos Photos
Cai Yongjie (p. 73); Shao Feng (p.74).