Black corrugated metal wraps the undulating, windowless walls of the Humao Museum of Art and Education that Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira have completed in Ningbo, China.

Set on the banks of Dongqian Lake, the minimalist museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-laureate Siza with fellow Portuguese architect Castanheira to evoke an ambiguous floating object.

Its black metal shell, which is elevated on a concrete plinth, conceals unexpectedly bright and spacious interiors that include a maze of ramps and white-walled art galleries.

黑色瓦楞金屬包裹著胡瓦藝術與教育博物館的起伏,無窗的牆壁,阿爾瓦羅·西扎(Alvaro Siza)和卡洛斯·卡斯塔涅拉(Carlos Castanheira)已在中國寧波建成。



“It’s is a small museum that is immense inside,” said Castanheira. “Leaning against on the hillside, its undulating form hovers above the ground.”

“It is intriguing in its elegance and in its mystery,” he continued. “Nothing is obvious in this little building.”

Castanheira說:“這是一個內部巨大的小型博物館。” “倚靠在山坡上,其起伏的形式盤旋在地面上。”

他繼續說:“它的優雅和神秘令人著迷。” “在這棟小樓裡沒有什麼是顯而易見的。”

Humao Museum of Art and Education (MoAE) measures 5,300 square metres and has a loose triangular form, softened by several curved edges.

The only glimpses of activity inside are offered through slithers of glazing along the building’s set-back concrete base that contains a foyer and basement.



MoAE’s distinctive curved facade works in tandem with the external landscaping to guide visitors around the site to locate its small, discreet entrance.

The entrance opens into the heart of the museum, where there is a large white-walled void. This extends the full height of the building and is encircled by a maze of ramps.

According to Castanheira, the stark contrast between the museum’s exterior and interior is intended to give visitors a feeling of being “released into a vast space” upon entering.


入口通向博物館的心臟,那裡有一個巨大的白牆空隙。 這擴展了建築物的整個高度,並被迷宮般的斜坡所包圍。


“The public entrance is reached after passing around the form of the building and experiencing an imposed, absorbing compression, to then be released into a vast space, the full height of the building, where a snaking ramp links all the floor levels,” he explained.

“This diversity in routes and the interconnection of spaces makes this small building vast inside.”

他說:“在穿過建築物的形式並經歷了施加的,吸收性的壓縮之後,才到達公共入口,然後釋放到廣闊的空間中,即建築物的整個高度,蛇形的坡道連接了所有樓層。” 解釋。


The ramps that wrap around the void form the museum’s main circulation route and provide access to the art galleries, which contain a range of old and contemporary Chinese paintings and sculptures.

A large oculus at roof level illuminates the void. With the help of the white surfaces, it filters natural light into the windowless exhibition spaces through geometric openings in their walls.

The museum is complete with a secluded rooftop area, set-back from the edge of the museum to create a hidden roof terrace overlooking the lake.


屋頂水平的大眼窩照亮了空隙。 借助白色表面,它將自然光通過牆壁上的幾何開口過濾進入無窗展覽空間。


Portuguese duo Siza and Castanheira’s completion of the Humao Museum of Art and Education follows their collaboration on the red sandstone International Design Museum of China in Hangzhou, eastern China.

They also previously created the Mimesis Museum in South Korea, which features a sinuous concrete wall that wraps around a central courtyard.

Elsewhere, Siza also recently completed a travertine housing development in Lombardy with COR Arquitectos and the built a ceramics pavilion with a thatched roof for the artist retreat Casa Wabi in Mexico.

Photography is by HouPictures.



在其他地方,Siza最近還與COR Arquitectos合作完成了在倫巴第的石灰華房屋開發,並為墨西哥的藝術家之家Casa Wabi建造了帶有茅草屋頂的陶瓷涼亭。




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