Beijing-based OPEN Architecture has completed a sand dune museum project on a beach in Qinhuangdao, northeast China
December 14, 2018
On the quiet coast of Bohai Bay in China, an unusual UCCA art museum has opened. Architectural bureau OPEN Architecture headed by Li Hu (Li Hu) devoted three years to the pilot project. 10 galleries and cafes are located literally under a layer of sand in a building that resembles a cave – the earliest form of shelter for people. “Ancient cave walls served as a canvas for the first works of art,” adds Li Hu.
Local craftsmen from Qinhangdao used wooden planks to shape the concrete shell. The architects decided to leave the uneven texture of the formwork so that traces of handicraft on the walls of the museum could be seen. Rounded openings on different sides of the building let in natural light and offer fantastic views of the sky and sea, which change color during the day. The roof of the building is covered with sand, which keeps the interior cool in summer. And instead of an air conditioner, a low-energy hydro-storage system is equipped here. 2022/02/6c0d3080f33a9be448c0d56c273a0319.jpg” width=”728″ height=”1090″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-371a4ab7=”1″ alt=”An unusual art gallery in a sand dune in China ( photo 5)” />
The first After Nature exhibition opened to the public in October this year. The bureau plans to soon build another art gallery closer to the sea, which will simultaneously serve as a residence for visiting artists and a creative studio at low tide. .jpg” />