Under the glowing sunlight, a pure white “cloud” is floating by the Laoma River, in Guizhou, China. Rising through the lush views of green trees, the “cloud” is The Cloud Art Museum which works as a wetland study camp. The museum goes perfectly well with the surroundings, and, when inside, visitors may find that the view varies along the way. Let’s talk about art and amazing architecture, let’s talk about The Cloud Art Museum!
Curved see-through glass structures allow visitors to enjoy a smooth and calming view of the mountains. The overall building is transparent and light, along with the restrained base, the museum is full of vigor and elegance.
Designed by Challenge Design, The Cloud Art Museum combines nature and art, since it’s inspired by the cloud symbol in traditional Chinese culture, which ends up deciding the shape of the building! The architectural lines allow the better integration of the building into the natural surroundings. Through detailed scrutiny, the Cloud Art Museum is located in the position facing the Laoma River so that the sight can reach the water without being disturbed by the hilltops around.
Just like a piece of white cloud rising among the mountains, The Cloud Art Museum blends perfectly with the surroundings! Challenge Design sought a new language to perform the artistic conception of the Orient in a more futuristic way and create a new experience of combining the oriental culture with modernism.
Initially, the goal was to build a small art museum between the mountains and the river, taking advantage of the landscape resources, without being outshone by the surrounding buildings. To reduce harm to the environment, the Cloud Art Museum is divided into two sections: the reception hall in the front and the exhibition hall.
Walking into the entrance of the museum and the corridor that echoes the main building in form, visitors can access the reception hall facing the mirrored water feature. And inside the exhibition area and the audio-visual room, they will be surprised at the view of the mountains, water, and scenery via the continuous floor-to-ceiling glass wall.
The amazing architecture and design make it so simple, which increases the inclusiveness of the building, and makes it possible for its coexistence with mountains and the river around, and with future developments building around this area.
The Cloud Art Museum will give people a dreamy feeling of being over the clouds. In addition to see-through glass, light aluminum panels are mainly used to reduce the building load caused by the shape and ensure a bright and durable facade.