National Art Museum of China
The National Museum is very large and requires a clear organizational structure to facilitate good orientation to visitors, and simple efficient operations. The museum is designed as linear public circulation terraces, which face west toward Beijing’s Olympic axis and provide views of the river and surrounding institutions. As in Mogao, the museum’s galleries are experienced as a string of chambers in which the visitor always returns to the western cliff, overlooking the valley, for orientation.
From the galleries, visitors circulate into a grand public space of landscaped terraces. These are designed in the tradition of Chinese landscapes and gardens-full of surprising juxtapositions of plants, water, and sculpture.
A spanning glass roof unifies the museum, which is part of the larger ensemble of public cultural landmarks on the skyline.