All images © Ateliers Jean Nouvel & BIAD
Renowned French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled designs for the ‘National Art Museum of China‘ a vast cultural program to be built in Beijing. Located next to the city’s historic axis – symbolically connected to the Forbidden City – the institution will contain an array of important collections from the Ming Era to the present day.
Across its 30,000 square meter footprint, the museum houses a range of permanent and temporary galleries, research and education centers and an auditorium. A host of public spaces, including an expansive grand terrace, provide visitors with venues for recreation and contemplation.
Lifted above the ground, the structure evokes a sense of incompleteness and weightlessness, appearing to defy the laws of gravity. The summer hall is clad with a gold ceiling that references the history of Chinese art from the 15th Century to the present day, with the contents of the gallery decided in consultation with eminent Chinese and international specialists.