Changzhou – In a new urban district in eastern China, architecture and design studio CROX has completed a museum of local history which refers to the site’s cultural traditions. The harmony between man and nature has continually influenced Chinese architecture, focusing on the ability of buildings to harmonize with their surroundings, positioning their location as an element embedded into the very soul of the building’s concept.
As such, the Liyang Museum is designed to connect the urban public space to the rest of the landscape through the form of organic lines arranged in an undulating composition which CROX refers to as 'melodious music in the mountain forest'. Organic, flowing surfaces and shapes inspired by a Chinese musical instrument, the Jiaoweiqin – an instrument created from charred firewood, thought to date back to 220 AD. The brown, aluminium-clad amorphous form rests like a stone overhanging a raised grass bank, which is hollowed out to contain the exhibition halls, entered through an underground lobby dug into the hill. Seemingly floating over the greenery, the architecture is also inspired by the location which provides multiple access points and views to the neighbouring Yan Lake.