The official plan earmarks an incredible amount of one hundred Museums for Suzhou to be build within the next five years.
Acting on the assumption that a new museum for Suzhou should inherit its character, its culture and its atmosphere, we started combining the strongest aspects that structure and charactarize Suzhou. On the one hand, the structure of Suzhou’s old quarter is based on a strict, rectangular grid. On the other hand one can find a lot of treasuries hidden within this rigid overall structure. Especially the famous Suzhou Gardens and their apparently arbitrary layout create a strong contrast to the rectangular block in which they are nestled in.
By combining these two primary patterns and building a three dimensional structure out of it, new spatial relationsships became observable. By taking a closer look at one part of this structure, the idea evolved, to create a building that is organised in a similar way: an irregular interior, that is organised by curved walls, within a strict rectangular grid.
KUBIK – Studio für Architektur