Ningbo History Museum is Built with Debris from Old Villages

By: Joey Haar - Aug 19, 2016
References: dezeen
The Ningbo History Museum is dedicated to teaching visitors about the ancient Chinese history from around the area. But rather than providing that education solely through exhibits within the building, the Ningbo History Museum lets visitors literally walk through the remains of destroyed villages.

The museum, which was designed by Chinese architect Wang Shu and the Amateur Architecture Studio, is located in Zhejiang province. Though not built from ancient historical debris -- as that material is historically important and best left as intact as possible -- the building's facade is made from the debris of villages that were destroyed when the government opted to build new developments in the surrounding area.

Regardless of the age of the debris, the Ningbo History Museum's facade serves as a reminder of the rise and fall of peoples and communities.