1966-1976 MUSEUM BRIDGE IN ANREN / ATELIER FCJZ

Recently completed by beijing-based atelier FCJZ, the ‘1966-1976 major events pavilion’, nicknamed the ‘museum-bridge in anren’ traverses a river and doubles as a pedestrian bridge in sichuan, china. containing artifacts from the great cultural revolution period when the soviet style of socialist realism influenced traditional chinese architecture. A place to reflect upon this time period, the exterior manifests as a stripped down interpretation of the historical styles displayed inside offering a continuity of time. a large cantilevered roof caps a simple volume which does not ground itself with typical foundations. clusters of slanted columns elevate the ground level to allow the stream to pass uninterrupted beneath the center, emerging as a symmetrical network of tree-columns. made from concrete, the rough textured appearance breaks down any classical references and is the result of a construction process with a team of unskilled and local labor force. visible immediately, the aged aesthetic injects a ‘brutalist’ character. A hybrid between an inhabitable building, infrastructure and urban streetscape, the structure creates covered stopping points for pedestrians, as well as the main entry into the museum. More >>>

by TCA Think Tank

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