Cool: Architect Steven Holl’s Yin-Yang Inspired Tianjin Museums

Steven Holl's Tianjin museums

Sculptural concrete museums. That’s what these Tianjin buildings are, according to Fast Company’s Co.Design website, specifically “the exact inverse of each other, like a key and a lock, or a pair of interlocking puzzle pieces.”

The designer is international award-winning architect Steven Holl, who’s no stranger to Chinese projects. Last month he completed what Co.Design’s Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan called “the definitive building of his career,” the Chengdu supercomplex “Sliced Porosity Block,” with landscaping inspired by an 8th-century poem by Du Fu.

The Tianjin structures, the Ecology and Planning Museums, are part of a project called Tianjin Ecocity, planned jointly with Singapore. Co.Design again:

The government bills it as “the world’s largest ecocity,” a low-carbon urban experiment that China hopes to replicate across the country. Like Masdar before it, Tianjin Ecocity will be filled with “green spaces” and “social harmony,” according to the developers (to their credit, there are also plenty of legit benchmarks in place for testing whether the Ecocity is environmentally viable model for the rest of China).

Green spaces, social harmony, and the future. Our eventual alien overlords will be proud.

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Steven Holl’s Mirror-Image Museums Are Inspired By Yin Yang (Co.Design, H/T Alicia)

    One Response to “Cool: Architect Steven Holl’s Yin-Yang Inspired Tianjin Museums”

    1. Ick

      China’s great and all, but sometimes it’s like the seventies never went away here; “Gov’ment will provide”. Want to cut down on emissions.. enforce energy efficiancy. If one made cavaty insulation and double glazing standard in say Shanghai, I bet pound to dollar energy consumption would drop at least 25% in those households.

      Reduce car journeys? STOP GIVING 干部s free fucking cars and free petrol. My wife’s mother got a free car and gets 350 dollars a month in petrol/parking allowance and shes a level 1. A ‘friend’ is the daughter of a flag officer she got a free Audi TT, an A6 and free insurance, maintance and petrol. Also… bus lanes expressly for taxis and buses.

      Fuck it, I give up. just had to sit a friend through an operation in a chinese hospital. the only solution is orbital nukes.


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