Changchun Heritage Museum

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Location: Changchun, China
Designed in: 2007
Size: 106,000m²
Client: The Government of Changchun City 
The nearby mountains surrounding a lake inspired the essential shape of the Changchun Cultural Museum Complex. The museum consists of three program elements – history, science, and art – rendered in a unique mass and blended together to surround the atrium or “lake.” The roof forms are sculpted into peaks and valleys and the iconic shapes are designed as if they have eroded over time by the flow of water to the lake. The eroded cliffs around the lake remind us that even the most apparently permanent condition changes over time. The building is enclosed with a mixture of stone, curtain wall, and metal panels. The roof forms are copper sheeting laid-up in shingle form, and the exterior walls are also rendered in copper with large expanses of translucent glass, making the building glow at night in a variety of colors, evoking the beauty of the northern lights.