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Mu Xin Art Museum in Wuzhen, China

14 Aug 2020

Mu Xin Art Museum

Design: OLI Architecture

Location: Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Located in the historic scenic water town of Wuzhen in northern Zhejiang Province, the 7,000 sqm Mu Xin Art Museum is dedicated to the renowned hometown artist/writer Mu Xin.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin, was a complex and inspiring figure, he was not only a celebrated artist of abstract landscapes and paintings but equally accomplished as a scholar, poet and writer.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

The building, is not only inspired by the complexity of the artist’s work but also his writing which was deeply impacted by the consecutive imprisonment he experienced during the Cultural Revolution in the early 1970’s and his ultimate exiling to the West. Influenced by these experiences and his scholarly upbringing, Mu Xin created space. Space, not only in the evocative multilayered painting of abstract landscapes but also in his writings reflecting the mental expansion of the mind within real physical constraints.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal nurtured the splendid culture of Wuzhen, and the long historical value of the well preserved city south of Yangtze River. To this day, one experiences a dense landscape of centuries old canals, streets, markets, courtyards, bridges and verandas.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Taking a cue from the urban fabric of the 1,000 year old ancient water town of Mu Xin’s childhood, the museum itself is a landscape of intersecting experiences. A series of cast in place colored architectural concrete volumes in varying sectional relationship to the canal and “street,” house these experiences as singular galleries and program elements inviting visitors to wander through the “landscape.”

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

With the ever changing quality of the spaces created by the intersection of the volumes, “street” boundaries and the water’s edge, the visitor experiences an expansion of space not only in the physical realm but also as a bridge into the complex world of Mu Xin.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

• Winner of the 2016 AIANYS Award of Merit: Architecture/Institutional.
• Winner of the 2016 German Design Council Iconic Award Best of Best: Museum Architecture.
• Shortlist Finalist for the 2016 World Architecture Festival: Culture/Completed Buildings.
• Winner of the 2015 Concrete Industry Board: Roger H. Corbetta Award of Merit, Out of Country.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

Mu Xin Art Museum in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province – Building Information

Design: OLI Architecture
Design: 2011-2015
Construction: 2012-2015
Area: 6,700 sqm

About OLI Architecture
Founded by Hiroshi Okamoto and Bing Lin in 2010, OLI Architecture specializes in civic and cultural building design, museography, exhibition, education, healthcare, and custom residential design. Based in New York, with offices in Shanghai and Paris, the firm has international experience working in collaboration with various clients and municipalities, bringing their vision to fruition through award-winning, singular architectural environments. With a vision towards the future, accompanied by a vast disciplinary understanding of the built environment, and respect of the specific cultural parameters of each project, OLI creates unique buildings that meet the aspirations of clients, stakeholders, and the detailed requirements of the future occupants. Learn more at http://www.oliarch.com/en/home.

Mu Xin Art Museum Wuzhen

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Location: Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China

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