11 May 2011

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum

The historical divergence of Western and Chinese painting can be traced to a single moment in time. A moment when Western culture developed vanishing points in fixed perspective and the Chinese remained steadfast in their use of parallel perspectives; allowing the viewer to travel within the painting.

Steven Holl Architects explored and relished in this unique divergence in the design of the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum. A field of black and white parallel perspective spaces and gardens commandeer the eye and transform a rural site on the cusp of the Ming Dynasty capital city of Nanjing into a true urban centre.

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