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Nouvel reveals designs for National Art Museum of China

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Jean Nouvel has revealed designs for a new National Art Museum of China

The art gallery will form the centrepiece of a new cultural quarter and is located next to the historical axis of Beijing while ‘symbolically connecting’ to the Forbidden City.

China’s existing 16,000m² National Art Museum was built in 1963, and the new building will create a much larger 130,000m² space.

Featuring art collections dating back to the Ming era, the museum will include both permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, research spaces, an education centre, an auditorium and administration spaces.

The building’s ‘summer hall’ will have a carved gold ceiling which the practice said is ‘inspired by the great roofs and traditional painted ceilings’ of Chinese architecture.

Nouvel saw off starchitects Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas to win the job through an international design contest.

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