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Capital Idea

Published on May 7, 2007

Beijing’s New Capital Museum was completed in 2005 and features a massive column that pierces through the 5 storey structure at a slightly oblique angle. It’s reportedly the 2nd largest museum in China and features some of the finest lighting and display systems I’ve seen on the mainland. The museum recently featured its first large scale exhiition of Western art titled “Aftershock.” The exhibition was a kind of greatest-hits-of-the-YBA affair, although many of their most notorious works were not to be seen. It seems that the government run institution is still not ready to bear a full-scale earthquake.

The oblique cylinder may look good from the outside, but it results in some awkward interior solutions:

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