Dedicated to Zhang ZhiDong, a prominent historical and local figure, who helped modernize Wuhan through the Industrial Revolution, the Museum of Zhang ZhiDong opened to the public this spring in collaboration with China Vanke and the City of Wuhan.
“For the Museum of Zhang ZhiDong, my goal was not to simply create another museum, but to give Wuhan and the region a new destination,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “By lifting the museum up, we were able to create a new public plaza while delivering to the city a world-class cultural institution that reflects the future and spirit of Wuhan,” added Libeskind.
▼鸟瞰图，aerial view ©Hufton+Crow
Located at the site of Wuhan’s old steelworks, the 77,930 sq. ft. (7240 sq. m.) museum is designed to recall the city’s industrial past, while looking to the future. The gravity-defying form is clad in geometric steel panels that form the façade of the sweeping ark-like structure that is hoisted above the surrounding plaza by two steel and glass structures that house the entrance lobby, main stairs, museum store and library and administration offices.
a sweeping ark-like structure hoisted above the surrounding plaza
two steel and glass structures that house the entrance lobby,main stairs, museum store and library and administration offices
Once inside, visitors climb the main staircase that connects to the exhibition spaces above. On the second floor a semi-circular auditorium features an oculus that opens to reveal a panoramic view of the old steelworks next door. A central atrium connects the three levels while ushering natural light into the galleries. On the top floor, the space is reserved for future temporary exhibitions.
▼顶层窗洞，the lattice opening at the apex of the building ©Hufton+Crow
展览空间由Diameter Narrative Design设计，分为四个不同的主题，围绕着张之洞的生平和贡献展开。第一个主题呈现在展览的起始部分，比较了过去与当下人们对于张之洞的评价。其他几个主题分别是张之洞的创新和前瞻性思想；这些思想的实际应用；以及以全局性的视角来概括张之洞对工业主义的贡献。展览涵盖了与当地艺术家的多种合作，通过装置和互动艺术作品来探索不同主题的不同方面。
▼街道视角，view from the street ©Hufton+Crow
The exhibition spaces are divided into four themes around the life and contribution of Zhang Zhidong, designed by exhibition designer Diameter Narrative Design. The first theme is shown at the start of the exhibition and compares contemporary and historical views of Zhang Zhidong. The remaining themes in the exhibition are: the innovative and forward thinking ideas of Zhang Zhidong; the practical implementations of these ideas; and overall world views of Zhang Zhidong’s contributions to industrialism. The exhibition includes various collaborations with local artists who explore aspects of the differing themes through installations and interactive works of art.
At the apex of the building, a lattice opening in the structure allows for views out towards the city of Wuhan. The landscaped areas below and surrounding the museum emphasize radiating lines and rings. The plaza features a nautical dial pattern with China’s major cities including Wuhan that are inscribed into the paving. The hardscape uses local stone materials mixed with salvaged stone and brick works from site demolition.
▼建筑夜景，night view ©Hufton+Crow