Saturday, April 27, 2013

MOCA Chengdu by Jiakun Architects

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, China, completed 2011, was designed both to house a growing art collection and to provide a public space in a neighborhood dominated by high rise housing and office complexes.

The architects broke the museum into two parts with a terraced plaza between that they hope will add "vitality" to the neighborhood and "foster a sense of community."

The landscaping fuses modernism with a traditional Buddhist sensibility in a pleasing way.

The interior seems very simple and sparse in the publicity photos, which I think is the right approach for gallery spaces where the focus should be on the art, not the architecture.

All in all, it seems like a fine job, and I expect we will be hearing more from Liu Jiakun and his crew.

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