Dapeng Peninsula National Park, Shenzhen, China 2012
Completed by lee + mundwiler
The design deliberately sets a long and narrow zigzag approach, adopted from the streets in old villages nearby. The narrow stone clad, worn streets of those villages curiously evokes the feeling of tension and mild expectation of what would be waiting at the end. We want visitors to have similar experiences, further taking their time to appreciate the serenity and magnificent beauty of the surrounding nature.
The form and texture of the Museum does not resemble a mere building, but rather a large rock formation, and thus becomes part of the landscape itself. Over the years, the façade of various openings and rough texture will encourage the growth of vegetation, slowly returning to the nature itself. The textured openings of the façade allow for a varied mood inside the Museum, where darker lighting schemes alternate with sun lit interior as needed by the exhibitions.