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Conceived with the paradigm of miniature city in mind, the National Art Museum of China by OMA boasts a grandiose scale that will house a vast amount of artwork.
Architectural firm OMA toys with sizing that characterizes their large cultural constructions. For this important museum, the firm attempts to pioneer a new genre of architecture that goes from large building to small city. The NAMOC will cater to its large volume of visitors, along with the institutional needs of creating a national museum.
An added advantage of thinking of the cultural center as a miniature metropolis allows for flexibility in the essential changing of gallery spaces. According to the architects, NAMOC will be characterized by the “intricate condition of the traditional urban fabric of China, and the contemporary era of radical modernization.”