Yunnan Provincial Museum

Kunming, China
Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd
Kunming, China

The generative concept of the museum is derived from the potent imagery of Yunnan’s famed local "stone forests", the dramatic geography of raw, powerful beauty of the geological landscapes sculpted by nature over millennia, and the idea of stacked boxes holding fragile treasures, giving the architecture its defining metaphor as an assembled container of artifacts - a group of spatial volumes congregates to form a larger mass, but the individual pieces are still evident.

The entrance experience to the museum is to be through a narrow passage, designed to induce the sensation of meandering through the stone forest, before one is suddenly confronted with the vastness of the central atrium space. The exterior volume is marked vertically with a datum line that implies a distinction between exhibition and support spaces, which also recalls similar horizontal strata found in the natural Yunnan rock formations. Horizontally, the façades are created with a series of negative "cuts" and positive "fins". The former link the city with the interior atrium; the latter are produced by the structural support walls made evident. Natural light filters through the external double-façade rendering the internal spaces with an ambience as well as a sense of orientation.

2017 Excellent Communications Design, German Design Award Special 2017
2017 First Prize, Guangdong Outstanding Project Reconnaissance Design Awards
2017 The Luban Prize for China Construction Project (National Quality Project)
2016 Winner, ICONIC Awards, German Design Council
2016 Special Mention Award, Architizer A+Awards
2016 Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architectural Award
2015 8th Annual International Design Awards – Honorable Mentioned
2014 HKIA Medal of the Year outside Hong Kong
2008 Winner, International Invited Competition

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