area: 10,270 m2 / 110,000 ft2
The Himalayas Museum was designed to be situated within the existing Himalayas Centre designed by Arata Isozaki. As a â€śfoundâ€ť space â€” a raw unfinished concrete interior with soaring 15m ceilings â€” it had a particular power and resonance with the field of contemporary art. Thus it was decided that, rather than obscuring this construction, three â€śrocksâ€ť housing the museumâ€™s tripartite program of contemporary art, classical art, and education, could be situated within the existing structure, thereby creating a tension between new and old, inside and outside, raw and refined.
The centre of the space was reserved for large scale installations. The â€ślectureâ€ť rock, facing this space, could be â€śsliced,â€ť rendering the main exhibition visible to seated occupants and vice versa.
The â€śscholarâ€™sâ€ť rock would function as a museum within a museum, with dedicated spaces for a 25m handscroll, a relocated Ming-dynasty pavilion, a contemporary scholarâ€™s studio, and a private terrace.
The â€ścontemporaryâ€ť rock would house a series of white cube galleries of various proportions, from small and intimate to soaring and grand, and including a hidden reclining Buddha. The interstitial space between these galleries and the shell of the rock would function as an â€śundergroundâ€ť museum, a set of irregular, rough, unfinished spaces for informal exhibitions and artists working.
Adam Sokol; Li Ling, Daymond Robinson, Gregory Serweta;
Scott Archambault, Nicole Halstead, Nicole Lee, Jia Ma
Buro Happold (lighting design, structural engineering, mechanical engineering)
Tongji University Design Institute (executive architect)