Tianjin, China


Design Date: 2019-2021

Principal Architect: Ma Ning

Design Team: Wangying, Ruijing Sun, Jiezhong Yu, Dongyuan Guo

Project Location: Tianjin, China

The building occupies the north-western corner of the Tianjin Binhai Cultural Center opposite the Science & Technology Museum. The 26,500 square meters of gross floor area of the Museum of Modern Art is arranged over five floors. A cladding of light-colored natural stone panels has been used on the facade of this cube-shaped building. The number of slot-like story-high windows on each floor increases towards the top. Towards the road and the covered “cultural concourse”, the stone envelope is opened up with a stepped glass facade that recedes story by story and, as well as marking the main entrances, provides views to the inside allowing visitors glimpses of the art.

The complex within the site has been abandoned for many years. To the north is a horseshoe-shaped warehouse building, and to the south are side-by-side dilapidated factories. Although they have long lost their original functions, they have formed a urban theme under this geographical location.

The structure of the ribbon, like the shape of water ripples, flows into the distance. On the inside of the corrugated skeleton are petal-like secondary structural modules that hang translucent membrane materials. The transparency of membrane material is gradually changing from the edge of the roof to the center on the overall layout. Different softness of light and shadow filtered by membrane materials with different transparent properties dance in the courtyard.



Although they have long lost their original functions, they have formed a urban theme under this geographical location. 



A spiraling ramp ascends to the top level, offering an unusual spatial experience of the modern vertical city by reinterpreting an ancient industrial typology. 



The obliquely cut and recessed square windows of different angles and proportions bring multiple lights, shadows and depth to the entire building’s facade.



Urban communities also need to find new vitality as the time changes.  



The social and humanity carried by architecture not only meet the functional needs of the owners, but also bring practical interaction between architecture and lifestyle.