Duao Art Museum near Ningbo, China by Progetto CMR
Duao Art Museum is situated in a small village in the beautiful mountain areas of Ningbo, the principal city of Zhejiang province. The building is located on an area that was used as granary for the army in the past. Food and nourishment were indeed the main ideas behind the project: to transform a place used to store grain, food for the body, into a place to store art – the food for mind.
The idea of the Museum originated from the strong desire of the client, who envisioned a place for creativity and culture, a new centre where artists and intellectuals could share ideas. The Museum will host art exhibitions of high level, personal collections and thematic cultural events.
The building is designed to have 7 wings, connected by a central area. From the center, the wings spread out towards different directions, acquiring a variety of views, and a variety of natural lights. Each view is different, based on the analysis of the surrounding landscape. The interaction between the building and the surrounding environment makes it an intimate place for artists to find inspiration, and a container of art and local culture.
The building is arranged into 3 floors, and each floor has its own function.
The exhibition space is placed on the ground floor, where bamboo gardens and sculptures are fully integrated on the green hill, blurring the boundary between the building and nature. The outdoor workshop at the foot of the hill provides the artists a place to relax and be creative in the bosom of nature.
A small courtyard runs through the center of the 1st and 2nd floors, bringing into the space more natural elements. The 1st floor consists of private rooms and gardens, and windows at the end of the branches make it a perfect place to enjoy the stunning mountain landscapes. The 2nd floor, being half covered and half open, is designed for social situations. Indoor living rooms and restaurants are also designed on this floor to meet private meeting needs.
Project name: Duao Art Museum
Client: HKE Group
Project Location: Zhangshui, Ningbo, ZheJiang
Date of Involvement: 2015
Area: 2,700m² built
Uses: Art museum, accommodation, restaurant