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Brief Published: 27 Sep 2011

Ordos Museum, Mongolia


Beijing-based practice Mad Architects has just completed the Ordos Museum – an arts and cultural space conceived as both a showcase and research space in Inner Mongolia, China.

Architecturally, it’s most notable for its dramatic, undulating shell-like structure. According to the architects, it strives to find a balance between contemporary aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship – a reflection of the current situation in the area, where locals are keen to adapt to the urban context without losing sight of their heritage.

Commissioned in 2005 as the new master plan for the city’s layout was being implemented, the museum has also been designed to visually oppose the geometric uniformity of the urban grid system, sending a clear signal about the community-focused agenda of the space.

Mad Architects