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CROX Designs Aluminium Clad Museum Shaped like an Ancient Instrument Guqin

Metal News - Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Image Source: Liyang Museum Guqin
The curvaceous, aluminium-clad form of Liyang Museum in China was designed by architecture practice CROX to look like a traditional musical instrument. The aluminium blob sits atop an undulating landscaped form and sits beside a lake in Liyang, a city in Jiangsu province. CROX wanted to translate the sound of an ancient Chinese instrument called the Guqin, a seven stringed zither, into the shape of the building. Thin strips of aluminium cladding in varying shades of brown recall the carved wood of the musical instrument. The metal's reflective qualities create a play of light across the amorphous structure. Exhibition halls sit in the hollow section below this top section. Two paths lead to the museum. One, an extension of the paved pathway that wraps around the site, leads into an underground lobby dug into the hill itself via an entrance facing out to the lake and surrounded by a white-rendered concrete portal. Another entrance is accessed via a large wooden stairway that follows the slope of the green hill. This path leads up into a shaded courtyard beneath the museum. The second floor of the museum touches the landscape at four separate points.

Its aluminium-clad form has been divided into four individual spaces, housing offices, educational areas and exhibition halls. At third-floor level, the plan opens up to create a single large space, with a more private section at the northern end designed to provide an area for conferences. Inside, the exhibitions occupy white spaces that mirror the form of the exterior. Light filters through to the underground areas via large skylights in the hills above.

CROX was founded by architect C R Lin and has offices in Taipei and Shanghai.

Canadian studio Revery Architecture also used aluminium to clad an opera house in Hong Kong, and Frank Gehry used hundreds of reflective aluminium tiles to cover the Luma Arles arts complex.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 10 Dec 2019
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