“‘datong art museum’ by foster + partners, datong, china; all images © foster + partners: construction has begun in datong, china on the ‘datong art museum’, designed by london-based practice foster + partners four pyramidal roof peaks interlock to define the exterior form, evoking the imagery of an erupted landscape. the external surfaces are clad with corten steel, a material with earthen hues and will continue to weather over time. one of four new buildings bordering a new cultural plaza, the 32,000 square meter center will be slightly sunken into the earth, matching the scale of its neighbors. visitors descend through a stepped courtyard of sculptures to enter the museum.
at the ground level, a grand gallery with a 37 meter tall atrium with a clear span of 80 meters provides a centerpiece area for large-scale installations and exhibitions. skylights within the high ceilings introduce northern and north-western daylight, creating an optimal environment to display artworks with natural illumination and minimal solar gain.”