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Urban Planning Department and Museum
New Architectural Development in Nantong, China design by HENN, architects
24 Apr 2015
Urban Planning Department and Museum of Nantong
Location: Nantong, Shanghai, China
As part of the master plan Sport Center Nantong, the new Nantong Urban Planning Museum is located prominently along the central river, whose course, together with existing cultural and commercial facilities, establish the primary East-West axis of Nantong.
The museum is characterized as a 16 m floating volume, which rests on a offering space for special exhibitions, café and bookstore. The overall dominant form which cantilevers above the glass entry, contains the primary exhibition space, offices and conference rooms.
Its distinctive façade is composed of two layers: the inner which thermally seals the building envelope, and the outer, a reticulated metal structure with a gradient of varied panels.
The façade’s diamond-shaped Diagrid is comprised of seven different panels that allow for varying degrees of opening from 9%-60%. This provides an opportunity for the controlled regulation of sunlight in fine increments, to accommodate the needs of the interior program.
The exhibition spaces are therefore, characterized by a predominantly closed façade with minimal openings, and the offices with maximum levels of natural daylight.
Urban Planning Department and Museum – Building Information
Client: Urban Planning Department of Nantong, Tongzhou
Area: Gross Floor area 8,100 sqm
Design period: 2011 – 2012
Construction period: 2012
Cost of construction: confidential
Scope: HOAI 1 – 8, executive architect
Competition 2011, 1. Prize
Photographs: Bartosz Kolonko
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