UCCA Dune Art Museum Built under the Sand Hill
After three years, the construction of the UCCA Dune Art Museum in China was finally completed. UCCA Dune Art Museum is a contemporary exhibition space built under the surface of the sand dunes on the seafront. Visitors can enter through a long tunnel that is connected to eight artificial caves. Each cave is used as a gallery that displays various contemporary works of art.
The museum building is built to resemble the shape of a concrete shell formed from wood formwork, while the inner wall is decorated with abstract textures. Abstract textures on the walls are made as a reminder that the museum building was built manually. In addition, the building is also equipped with cafes and gathering rooms. The cafe room is designed facing directly to the sea, so that visitors can enjoy the beachfront views.
Not only a cafe, the roof of the building also offers views of the surrounding coastline. Visitors can go up to the roof via a spiral concrete staircase located inside the building. From above, there are several openings that serve to provide natural lighting to all corners of the building. Openings on the roof also serves to connect the interior to the atmosphere outside the building.
The idea of designing a building below the sand dunes came from an OPEN Architecture firm. Besides being unique, the museum located below the surface is able to maintain the existence of the hill naturally. The 930 square meter building also remains cool during the summer. OPEN Architecture also adds some special details along the museum room. Even eight cafe tables in this museum are also designed by OPEN.