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The Urban Monument | Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Extension

An extension to the Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China, this monolithic structure in the shape of a lantern conceals a diverse and light-filled multi-use space, one boasting museum and retail areas, a restaurant and an outdoor amphitheatre. Neri&Hu Design and Research Office composed the massive red stone-clad monument in four parts, including a partially sunken concrete base, the airy “Sculptural Walk” and an elevated podium. Balancing the rigorous exterior, features like a triple-storey light well, glass curtain walls and a floating roof illuminate the interior and turn the perforated facade into a glowing beacon after dark.

Team: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu and Zhao Lei with Ivy Feng, Wenbo Da, Joy Han, Tian Hua and Bella Wu

People’s Choice: Buildings Over 1,000SqM
The Urban Monument | Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts Extension

This monolithic structure in the shape of a lantern conceals a diverse and light-filled multi-use space.

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