COX Architecture’s National Maritime Museum of China Opens to the Public

China’s latest landmark, the National Maritime Museum is now open to the public. 6 years in the making, the project is first of its kind. Designed by COX Architecture, after winning the international design competition back in 2013, the museum is located in the recently developed Binhai New Area, in the city district of Tianjin.

© Terrence Zhang© Terrence Zhang© Terrence Zhang© Terrence Zhang+ 24

Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang

With a distinctive form, reaching out into the bay from a large waterfront parkland, China’s first National Maritime Museum is a monumental intervention. Comprising four wings, focusing on the themes of “the ancient ocean,” “ocean today,” “journey of discovery” and “the age of the dragon”, the project aims to highlight China’s maritime evolution. Covering 80,000 square meters, the three-story museum includes six display areas and 15 interconnected exhibition halls.

Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang

A series of interconnected pavilions cantilever out over the water from a central reception hall, a space for transition that provides access to the upper of the two exhibition levels. The interconnected halls “provide a constant connection between inside and out”. In fact, the landscape orients visitors and organizes their experience.


Related Article

ZHA/COX Team Wins Western Sydney Airport Competition


Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang

The National Maritime Museum of China is justified in its ‘landmark’ status…it is a remarkable building borne of a remarkable process. It is a project that’s totally at home on the global stage. It is a testament to the commitment of our open-minded and collaborative client and to our team, whose talent and tenacity in equal measure ensured this building stayed true to its vision in every possible detail. — Brendan Gaffney, National Director for COX.

Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang

Fully operational now, the museum held its soft opening in May 2019. 150,000m2 of site, 80,000 GFA and 39,000m2 of exhibition space, the museum is two and a half times larger, in terms of both length and site area, than the Sydney Opera House the NMMC. Granted the World Architecture Festival Future Project of the Year, Future Cultural Project of the Year and the Competition Project of the Year in 2013, the project is a cultural phenomenon on the global stage.

Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang

The process was innovative – especially for a project of this size, scale, complexity, and location – in its deployment of parametric computer modeling that allowed both scale and detail to be resolved concurrently. Physical models focused on human scale and interaction while complex geometric algorithms resolved the doubly curved building ‘shell’ and its related cladding system. — COX Architecture

Save this picture!

© Terrence Zhang

© Terrence Zhang
  • Client: National Maritime Museum Preparatory Office Chinese Government and Tianjin Municipality
  • Local Design Institute Partner: Tianjin Architecture and Design Institute (TADI)
  • Key Consultants: Arup, Lord Cultural Resources, Urbantect

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: