Cultural & religious, Museums & galleries & scenographies

Baotou City Urban Exhibition Hall, Museum, Culture and Art Museum

The Three Museums project in the city of Baotou in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region witness an emerging identity construction that is deliberately open to urban and cultural hybridisation.

The Three Museums project is located in the southern sector of the city of Baotou, in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. The scheme includes an exhibition hall highlighting the city’s urban development, a museum, a cultural and artistic centre and a battery of ancillary facilities. The complex is designed to become a large-scale cultural hub that will shape the district’s urban expansion.

The Three Museums project contributes to Baotou’s identity construction. The museums are built to become a stage for urban cultural life and an important platform for foreign cultural exchange. In time, the project will be identified as a new landmark in central and western Inner Mongolia.
The layout of the buildings is vital for articulating the major urban axis that stretches out in front of Baotou city hall. The cultural centre and museum are located on either side, creating a central public area to showcase the axis by forming an empty space. A centrally-positioned building

at one end houses the city’s urban planning museum and municipal archives. This edifice is organised around a monumental model of the city in the making, which is set in the middle of
the museum, and highlighted under a glass dome. The archives represent the past and history, while the urban planning museum represents the future. The design of the façade, which is for the most part transparent, symbolises an openness towards the public. The east and west wings of the museum’s exhibition hall, combined with the glass façade, define an observation space that opens onto the historic deer park to the east and the central park in the new city to the West.

  • Customer:Bureau de planification de Baotou
  • Team:architecturestudio, China Construction Group Co., Ltd.
  • Program:Musées
  • Year:2010
  • Surface:138 000 m²
  • Status:2016

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