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Brief Published: 23 Aug 2011

Chinese Comic and Animation Museum


Dutch architecture and urban design practice MVRDV has beaten off a wealth of international competition to win the opportunity to design China’s latest museum mega-project – The China Comic and Animation Museum.

The fantastical design of the Hangzhou-based cultural hot-spot has been inspired directly by the speech bubbles used in comic books to depict cartoon dialogue – and will be comprised of eight such inter-connected, balloon-shaped buildings spanning over 32,000 square metres.

The buildings, which will also provide a backdrop for colourful projections beamed onto them at night, will allow visitors to move seamlessly through a lobby, education facilities, three movie theatres, a comic book library and exhibition space.

Built on a series of islands in Hangzhou’s White Horse Lake, MVRDV’s project will boast a host of ecologically-sound features, including environmentally friendly ground storage, natural ventilation and thermodynamic cooling systems.

The museum is part of a larger Comic and Animation centre plan that will eventually include parks, a public plaza, hotel and an expo centre supporting China’s annual International Comic and Animation Festival. The project is scheduled to break ground in 2012. Completion date tbc.

MVRDV Architects