Steven Holl Architects have announced the completion of the serpentine structure set to house the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum, outside of Nanjing, China. It doesn't yet contain any art—as the museum itself is set to open in the fall—but the building does demonstrate the quirks of one of today's most celebrated architects: just check out that stairway to heaven! Despite it's strong footing in contemporary design, the building also incorporates contextual elements from Nanjing, the capital of China during the Ming dynasty, including recycled bricks from the town center. The 30,000-square-foot museum complex contains galleries, a tea room, a bookstore, and a curator's residence, and, according to Holl's website, "explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of the composition of Chinese painting."
· Nanjing Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl Architects [Contemporist]
· Nanjing Sifang Art Museum [Steven Holl Architects]