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Friday, October 19, 2018

Kengo Kuma, Folk Art Museum in Hangzhou (China)

On the slope of a hill where in the olden days there was a tea plantation, rises this museum of the China Academy of Arts, located within the Xiangshan university campus of Hangzhou, on the Chinese east coast.  With its floor area of almost  5,000 square meters, the building combines exhibition galleries, a total of seven, with spaces for research and workshops for traditional crafts like shadow puppetry, engravings, ceramics, and textiles. To integrate the building into the slope of the terrain, the design by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is based on geometrically dividing the units of a parallelogram. In this way, the stepped composition of grayish roofs looks like a small town of rows of zigzagging houses. The vertical planes are covered with meshes of stainless steel incrusted with tiles. They act like lattices, giving shade to the interior spaces, which are accessed bymeans of ramps adapted to the topography.
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