Changjiang Art Museum, China by Vector Architects

A contemporary response commemorating the traces and atmosphere of the human construction in Changjiang Village

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▼鸟瞰,aerial view © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

Changjiang Art Museum is located in Changjiang Village at the northeast corner of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. Similar to any other Chinese villages, this village was razed in 2016 to give way to the full speed urban development. The spatial context that once inscribed the memory of people’s everyday lives were deprived and fractured. Changjiang Art Museum, as a cultural and shared space that will serve the public in the future, attempts to establish a contemporary response commemorating the traces and atmosphere of the human construction that ever existed on this piece of earth.

▼视频:建造实录,Video: Construction Record ©直向建筑



▼南立面近景,A Close-up of South Elevation © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼入口,Entrance © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼西立面近景,A Close-up of West Elevation © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼入口近景,A Close-up of Entrance © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

The Museum is situated at the southern edge of a newly constructed residential community, adjacent to the urban gird. Therefore, how to make the museum function as a linkage between the community and the city turns to be one of the major issues we concern. At the lower level of the building, we carve out the space at the southwest corner for an outdoor staircase, landing to the street level and leading up through the museum to an open terrace. The terrace at the second level becomes a raised-up plaza with a tree courtyard in the center, allowing for public activities and  further connecting to the northern community across the street via a footbridge. This exterior crossing circulation is public and independent from the route in the museum. Both of them accommodates the use for the general visitors and local residents.

▼首层入口,Entrance on the First Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼入口门厅,Lobby © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从门厅看向庭院,View from Lobby to Courtyard © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼庭院,Courtyard © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼北立面近景,A Close-up of North Elevation © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼庭院和室外平台,Courtyard and Terrace © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼室外平台,Terrace © 陈颢 / 直向建筑


▼光塔内景,Interior View of Light Atrium © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

The galleries of the museum are arranged around a light well with 5.7 meters in diameter and 16.4 meters in height, which serves as the organizing “anchor” for all the spaces. The light well is both the starting point and the end point. People will start from passing through the bottom part of the light well, walk along the spiral staircase coiling up to the galleries while inadvertently looking back into the light well through the apertures at different levels, and eventually conclude the journey stepping down from the top gallery along the light well again back to the starting point.

▼光塔内景,Interior View of Light Atrium © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从螺旋楼梯看向光塔和二层展厅,View from Spiral Staircase to Light Atrium and Exhibition Hall © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从螺旋楼梯看向光塔空间,View from Spiral Staircase to Light Atrium © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从螺旋楼梯看向光塔空间和展厅,View from Spiral Staircase to Light Atrium and Exhibition Hall © 陈颢 / 直向建筑


While inside the galleries, natural light is filtered and softened by the skylights, penetrating through a grid of 1.9 x 1.9 square meter waffle beam and filling the interior with a homogeneous and immersive light quality. Furthermore, the exterior staircase that connects the second through fourth floors, the protruding corner window on the fourth floor, and a southwest-facing vertical window on the same floor all provide museum visitors with glimpses of the contemporary cityscape of Taiyuan.

▼二层展厅,Exhibition Hall on the Second Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼东侧楼梯,Staircase on the East Side © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼四层展厅,Exhibition Hall on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼四层展厅墙特写,A Close-up of Wall on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从放映厅看向展厅,View from Video Area to Exhibition Hall on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从展厅看向放映厅,View from Exhibition Hall to Video Area on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从放映厅看向角窗,View from Video Area to Corner Window © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从角窗看向庭院,View from Corner Window to Courtyard © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼从庭院望向角窗,View fromCourtyard to Corner Window © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼四层展厅竖向长窗,Vertical Window on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼四层展厅竖向长窗特写,A Close-up of Vertical Window on the Fourth Floor © 陈颢 / 直向建筑


As we see it, Changjiang Art Museum is like a solid block of brick – occupying  a specific space-time coordinate, bearing witness silently and attentively to the clamorous and ever-changing city around it.

▼室外平台,Terrace © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼东北视角街景,Street View from North-East © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼西北视角街景,Street View from North-Wast © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼鸟瞰,Aerial View © 陈颢 / 直向建筑

▼模型,Model © 直向建筑

▼设计手稿,Sketch © 直向建筑

▼1层平面图,1F Plan ©直向建筑


▼2层平面图,2F Plan ©直向建筑

▼3层平面图,3F Plan ©直向建筑

▼4层平面图,4F Plan ©直向建筑

▼屋顶平面图,Roof Plan ©直向建筑

▼剖面图1,Section 1 ©直向建筑

▼剖面图2,Section 2 ©直向建筑

长江美术馆 项目信息
建筑面积:3900 m2
占地面积:1100 m2
摄影:陈颢( ,

Changjiang Art Museum
Location: No.89, Kaixuan Road, Xinghualing District, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Architectural/ Interior/ Landscape Design: Vector Architects
Design Principal: Dong Gong
Project Architect: Sun Dongping
Construction Management: Zhao Liangliang
Site Architect: Guo Tianshu, Chen Zhenqiang
Design Team: Ma Xiaokai, Chen Zhenqiang, Zhang Kai, Jiang Yucheng, Teng Xiao-tong, Zhao Dan
Structural & MEP Engineering: Beijing Hongshi Design Co.,Ltd.
LDI Project Architect: Zhang Cuizhen
LDI Architect: Li Mo
Structural Design: Xue Wei, Zhong Zhihong, Tian Xi
Mechanical & Electrical Design: Shen Juan, Hao Shufang, Zhang Jianxia, Shi Kefeng, Li Yingping
Lighting Consultant: X Studio, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Client: Shanxi Qiandu Real Estate Development Co.,Ltd.
Structure: Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall
Material: Wood-form Concrete, Brick, Laminated Bamboo
Building Area: 3 932m2
Design Period: 2016.05–2017.03
Construction Period: 2017.03–2019.09
Photograph: Chen Hao ( ,

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