Dingli Art Museum by ATR Atelier


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Chongwu, built in 1387, has a long history of fame as Town of Stone Sculpture, the best preserved ancient stone city in China.
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It locates about 30 minutes drive away from Quanzhou city of Fujian province. Dingli Art Museum lies beside the Chonghui Street leading to the ancient stone town.
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The museum is facing to the south, lies on the center axis. The new reception center was built to west and the existing office building to east  was recently renovated.
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Three buildings has formed a long rectangular entrance square. The building of art museum looks like many huge stones stacking over the other, silent and generous.
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The facade implies the function of the building, meanwhile gives out a kind of natural, simple, but strong vision.
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The folding surfaces of stone wall create vivid shadow and the obtuse angle stone makes the corner look more firm and powerful.
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The gallery interior space layout is symmetry, there is a round patio in the center, which surrounded by four exhibition rooms on each floor level.
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From the terrace on the top, people can enjoy the leisure and overlook the beautiful sea. We choose a kind of common local stone as facade material.
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It is widely used as stone curving material, meanwhile as well as the basic construction material of Chongwu ancient city. Many traditional houses are made of stacking stones.
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Thus the museum design concept of stacking stones would arise the thinking of relationship between Dingli art museum and local stone tradition. The pure form of stacking stone has a strong contemporary vision as well.
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Location: Chongwu, Fujian, China 
Architects: ATR Atelier 
Architect In Charge: Wang Yan 
Project Team: Gao Guangye, Zhang Xu 
Contractor: Fujian Fengying Construction Co. Ltd 
Structure: Shanghai Tong Zhu Structure Design Co. 
Area: 3,900 sqm 
Cost: 10 million RMB 
Year: 2013 
Photographs: Lu Hengzhong

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