The 30,000 square foot Sifang Art Museum, designed by New York-based architecture company Steven Holl, opened its doors in Nanjing last week:
From a bird’s eye view, the building that looks like the inner folds of a human ear, is composed of an ‘L’ shaped building with a ‘C’ shaped building above it.
The museum contains galleries, a cafe, a bookstore and a curator’s residence while the courtyard is paved with bricks recycled from demolished Hutong houses in central Nanjing and are made from black bamboo concrete.
According to the architects, “The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at ‘in-position’ viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance.”
[Images via: Steven Holl]