China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Eiichi Kano

China 2015China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum

Hangzhou
Gallery/Museum
Completed
4,970
1F

The folk art museum stands in the campus of China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, on a former tea field on the hillside. Our point was to design a museum from which the presence of the ground underneath can be felt, with the building’s continuous floors following the ups and downs of the slopes. The planning is based on a system of geometric division, applying parallelogram units that can adapt to intricate topography. Each unit has a small individual roof, so the overall image evokes a village with extended tiled roofs.
The outer wall is covered with a screen of tiles hung up by stainless steel wires, which in turn controls the amount of sunlight coming into the rooms.
Old tiles for both the screen and the roof come from local houses. Their sizes are all different, which helps the architecture merge into the ground naturally.

Team Teppei Fujiwara*, Nahoko Terakawa, Shinya Kojima* Cooperation Konishi Structural Engineers Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Award Iconic Awards 2016 Publication GA JAPAN 151 , Shinkenchiku 2017/01 , Nikkei Architecture 2016/04/14 , GA JAPAN 139 , Pen 2015/04/15 No.380 , GA DOCUMENT 135 , GA JAPAN 128 , Nikkei Architecture 2010/06/14 , GA JAPAN 99 , GA DOCUMENT 108 Photography ©︎ Eiichi Kano