Although I would have guessed that the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum was inspired by a certain reptilian species, it was in fact inspired by the artwork that it eventually be home to. Based in Nanjing, China, it explores the differences between Western and Chinese painting techniques, namely the differences between fixed perspectives and parallel perspectives.
Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum forgoes Western ideas about vanishing points and instead focuses on shifting viewpoints as well as layers of space and expanses of mist and water, which characterize the alternating spatial mysteries of early Chinese painting.
Simple and yet engaging, the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum is a tribute to Chinese art. It is also an eco-friendly building since it utilizes geothermal cooling and heating, and recycled storm water.
The Nanjing Sifang Art Museum Explores Parallel Perspectives
Meghan Young — May 12, 2011 — Art & Design
References: stevenholl & contemporist