Museum of the Future: Beijing

Advanced Architecture Studio 6

Spring 2013

Jeffrey Johnson, critic, with Jin Zhe

Paralleling economic growth and urban expansion China is experiencing an unprecedented boom in museum construction with almost 400 museums constructed in 2011. With so many museums being constructed, are there new models that might influence how we define the museum in the future? What future role will the museum have in society? How will it engage with a public, both local and global? What will its architecture be? The mission of the studio was to address these questions through the design of a “Museum of the Future” in Beijing, China.

As a provocation, the project of the “Museum of the Future” was a conflation of two programs: the large-scale art museum and the free port. This hybrid program matched two seemingly contradictory programs and ambitions together into one structure—art museum as a public institution that collects and displays cultural objects with the burgeoning global art market and the world of private art collection. This new museum is a place for public interaction and for the exchange and dissemination of art, culture and ideas. It is a museum and artwork storage facility, a logistics center and an auction house. It is an autonomous site that is free of politics, censorship and taxation. It is a ‘hub’ connected to global audiences and global sites.

Michael Georgopoulos A/B
Zoe Alexandra Florence C/D/E