Typology: Cultural landmark Scale: 30,352sqm (Built area); 9,500sqm (Footprint); 40,000 (Site area) Contracting authority: Ningbo authorities Main Stakeholders: Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio Year: 2008
Designed by Wang Shu, the Ningbo Museum stands as one of the major contemporary architecture projects ever built in China. The monolith displays the history and culture of the city, which is about 1,200 years old. Ningbo’s history is a nautical one, and this is why the building’s design contains elements that evokes the sea. The techniques and materials used for its construction have been chosen based on values of sustainability. Recycled materials like bricks, tiles, bamboo, as well as traditional construction techniques, such as "wapan" tiling technique, have been used. Here, the wapan technique uses rubble and debris, such as bricks and tiles coming from Ningbo old city destruction sites, in the construction process.