Construction on the new Ordos Museum in Ordos China has finally completed.
Under the international design team of MAD architects, the pod-shaped building shows a style likeness to the company’s Absolute Towers in Toronto, Canada, with the same curvaceous gridded exterior.
Highly stylised in design, the projects also offers a small nod towards sustainable principles, including louvered exterior/interior ventilation, which also aids in the reduction of solar gain and a positive use of natural light.
Commissioned in 2005, the completion of the museum will hopefully mark the beginning of a new era for the new, but virtually empty inner-Mongolian city, with a space that will pay homage to the best of both past and present artwork…. once it’s filled that is.
This leads us to a broader issue though. While the museum is now complete, the city of Ordos itself is almost completely empty, a casualty of China’s city boom. So although the museum may be a great feat of design and promotion of culture, who will be there to see it?