Beijing's BMW Museum Celebrates Traditional Chinese Archway Drapes

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 30, 2016
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Car museums are usually known for architecture styles that are either overly industrial or ultra-modern and minimalist, the the BMW museum in Beijing takes an entirely different approach by instead paying tribute to traditional Chinese architecture through the use of red fabric drapes.

Envisioned by architecture firm Crossboundaries, this particular car museum features large strips of red fabric material hung from the ceiling, giving the space an appearance that is similar to traditional Chinese archways. This distinctly Chinese-inspired aesthetic welcomes visitors into the main display area. What's great about this red fabric is that it helps visually minimize the height of the ceiling, while the red color of the fabric conveys a classic Chinese aesthetic.

This car museum's use of fabric drapes speaks to the utility of traditionally inspired architecture, even in the context of displaying modern objects such as cars.