Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums

A meaningless game of forms. It is surprising how easily some studies are aiming to surprise starting from generated forms by empty premises, which have little to do with the spaciousness and utility of the architecture. The design is intended Steven Holl Architects, starting from two complementary figures: a cube that is hollowed on several sides and other that copy the shape of the holes of the first and transforms them into closed volumes, so that the two together can rebuild the cube.

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Entrepreneurship is part of the cultural district of Tianjin, a new sustainable city that is being built from scratch in Bohai Bay, China. For architects: “The Planning Museum is a “subtractive” space, while the Ecology Museum is an “additive” complement, a reversal of the space carved out from the Planning Museum. Like the Chinese “Bau Gua” or “Yin Yang,” these forms are in reverse relations.”

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Thus, each museum is the product of residual forms produced by subtraction and addition game in which architects distributing the program. The high capacity study design will allow certainly a favorable development for the building, taking into account that a museum offers countless possibilities to adapt the program to prescribed forms. Even so, I beg to differ with this type of decision-making based on the search for visual effect, at the expense of judicious analysis of the program, your spatial needs and the relationship with the site.

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In this context, to a deeper analysis of this game is another senseless. China is becoming a laboratory several studies make formal essays, relegating their proposals the needs of the program and the link to the site. With this work, Holl starts tread a path close to the fireworks of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, an empty formalism, irrelevant and unnecessary.

by Marcelo Gardinetti

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Credit photo: Steven Holl Architects

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