CAFA Art Museum

by | 19. Jul 2012

Cultural | Project
cafa_1.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

The curvilinear exterior walls of the CAFA Art Museum, located at the northeast corner of the CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts) campus, are clad with traditional Chinese slate.

cafa_2.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

Composed of two surfaces the walls are detached at the ends to let natural light into the building through skylights and large windows.

cafa_3.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

cafa_4.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

From the main entrance, located in the center of the building, you enter a large full height atrium with long straight ramps that gradually climb to the various floors of the museum. Natural light spreads throughout the museum through fiber glass membranes under the skylights.

cafa_5.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

cafa_6.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

The ground floor can accommodate large installations that can be viewed from various levels of the ramp. The permanent collection, focusing on traditional Chinese art, is located in galleries on the first floor, temporary exhibitions on the second and third floor.

The large open skylit spaces, with the curvilinear walls, allow for many different types of contemporary art installations. The exhibition space on the third floor is open to the double volume of the second floor.

cafa_7.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

cafa_8.jpg

Photo © Iwan Baan

 

There are four floors above ground, two below ground. The bookstore, cafeteria are located in the main space on the ground floor. There is a lecture hall, studio, and conference room on B1, painting and calligraphy conservation offices, including the restoration room, lab, temporary and permanent collection warehouse, on B2. Technical equipment, security staircases and elevators are contained in rectangular volumes, clad in marble.

cafa_9.jpg

Drawing courtesy Arata Isozaki & AssociatesFirst Floor Plan

cafa_10.jpg

Drawing courtesy Arata Isozaki & AssociatesSecond Floor Plan

cafa_11.jpg

Drawing courtesy Arata Isozaki & AssociatesThird Floor Plan

cafa_12.jpg

Drawing courtesy Arata Isozaki & AssociatesRoof Plan

cafa_13.jpg

Drawing courtesy Arata Isozaki & AssociatesSection

 

INFORMATION

CITYBeijing
COUNTRYChina
CONSTRUCTION YEAR2008

CLIENT

CONTRACTOR