Construction Begins on Asia’s Largest Private Art Museum Off the Coast of Pingtan in China
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Construction has officially begun on the Pingtan Art Museum, which will be Asia’s largest private art museum when it opens at an as-yet undetermined date, designboom recently reported. With their third museum project, MAD Architects seem to be tapping into a Bond villain aesthetic with their design for the 43,000-square-foot, $130-million institution, which will consist of a manmade island built off the coast of the island of Pingtan.

 
Construction has officially begun on the Pingtan Art Museum, which will be Asia’s largest private art museum when it opens at an as-yet undetermined date, designboom recently reported. With their third museum project, MAD Architects seem to be tapping into a Bond villain aesthetic with their design for the 43,000-square-foot, $130-million institution, which will consist of a manmade island built off the coast of the island of Pingtan.

The compound will be accessible by a pier, and will have public areas in addition to galleries displaying more than 1,000 artifacts including many prized Chinese artworks.

It’s no surprise that Pingtan would be chosen as the site of the massive cultural complex. In recent years, the island has been the focus of commercial development due to its advantageous location on the coast of China just opposite Taiwan, getting more than just a facelift with modernized infrastructure and high capacity facilities able to accommodate greater trade. In 2010 the first major bridge connecting Pingtan to the mainland was inaugurated, linking the island to nearby Fuqing.

Of course this isn’t the only high-profile museum project afoot on a man-made island. Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island is slated to be home to major Middle Eastern outposts of the Louvre and, pending labor disputes, the Guggenheim.


[Editor] Lola Xu

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