Art museums often push the boundaries in term of architecture, but no one went so far as the architects from MAD Studio in Beijing, who began to build an artificial island, where they will rise the Pingtan Art Museum.
Comprised of three concrete “hills”, the museum will have rooms for exhibitions and public spaces and will be connected to Pingtan Island through a platform similar to a futuristic bridge.
Located on the east coast of the Fijian province, China, Pingtan is the largest island in China and the nearest large island of Taiwan. Home to many fisherman and a military base, the island was used as an experimental area in 2010, but now, a new city is being built, to encourage tourism, commerce and the cultural relations with Taiwan.
“The island is firstly a public space that is then turned into a museum,” say the architects. “The sea, the beach, the oasis and the slope all interconnect with each other, forming a harmonious capacious space with the mountains in the distance.”
Pingtan Art Museum is the third project of the architectural firm MAD, which claims that this one is going to be the largest private museum in Asia. The project that features a surface of 4.000 square meters is the result of an investment of over $130 million. The museum will exhibit over 1,000 works of art, including pieces of national treasure.
The shape of the artificial island is meant to reflect the geography of the Pingtan Island. On the outside, the three concrete “hills” surround a beautiful oasis, while the interior is structured to reflect the ancient caves.
Location: Pingtan, China
Site Area: 32,000 sqm
Building Area: 40,000 sqm
Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design Team: Zhao Wei, Huang Wei, Liu Jiansheng, Jei Kim, Li Jian, Li Guangchong, Alexandre Sadeghi