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Located in China’s Yan Lake Park, CROX Architecture’s Liyang Museum is located in a new part of Liyang City. Clad in aluminium, its curving shape blends effortlessly with its surroundings, while at the same time creating a landmark for the city and wider area. The form is inspired by a Chinese musical instrument - the Jiaoweiqin - which is also a cultural symbol for the region.
The project comprises two parts: the undulating green hills and the ‘floating’ architecture that rests on top. Visitors enter the museum from the bottom of the hills. Natural and welcoming, the curved entrance is connected to a large plaza on the southwest facing elevation. This elevation brings people into the central courtyard on the ground floor of the building, while also providing a vibrant area for local residents to meet and gather.
Project Architect C.R. Lin says, ‘From the Asian point of view, architecture is seen as part of the whole of nature, which contains both inner and outer space; space that connects humans, earth and everything in the universe.’ In other words, the key concept behind this design is indoor to outdoor connections, both visually, in terms of form, and physically, in terms of access and movement.
‘We hope it will become a popular meeting spot,’ the architects add.