China Wood Sculpture Museum, designed by MAD Architects, has been completed.
Located in Harbin in northern China, the 13,000m² building is sheathed in metal and is surrounded by Chinese-style neighbourhood and residential complexes.
Spanning 200m in length, the museum mainly houses local wood sculptures and paintings of the regional scenery covered in ice and snow.
MAD Architects said the design is inspired by the local winter landscapes in China.
The interior of the building is divided into two exhibition halls linked by a central entrance.
The building’s exterior is covered by polished steel plates, which reflect the structure’s surroundings and change with the light throughout the day.
On the top of the building, three skylights split the surface and allow daylight into three halls on the interior.
MAD Architects said that ‘the surreal interaction between the museum and the city breaks through the tedium of the urban shell, revitalising the surroundings with a new cultural feature’.
MAD Architects has designed the building in collaboration with the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology and Gehry Technologies.
The museum is one of three major cultural projects in Harbin that MAD Architects was selected to design in 2009.
In addition to the museum, work is currently underway on an opera house and a cultural centre.
Image: The 13,000m² China Wood Sculpture Museum is surrounded by Chinese-style neighbourhood and residential complexes. Photo: Courtesy of MAD Architects.