Site + Design
The city of Jishou, where the Jishou Art Museum is located, is the regional capital of Xiangxi (western Hunan), a minority autonomous zone. The specific site for the project was chosen by us, the architects, for the owner, thus the processes of site selection and design became overlapped. We proposed to build a pedestrian bridge across the Wanrong River running through the center of Jishou’s old town, which meanwhile serves as an art museum so that citizens can enjoy cultural activities in a convenient way.
Structure + Material + Space
The art museum is composed of two bridges one on top of another. The lower level is a steel bridge in resemblance of a street for pedestrians to cross or linger. The upper level is a concrete arched bridge, housing an art gallery. In between the two bridges, glazed walls and tiled roofs enclose the art museum's main exhibition hall. Supplementary spaces to the art museum, such as the entrance hall, administrative office, shop, and tearoom, are situated in the two bridgeheads at either end. People can enter the museum from either side of the river. The lower level pedestrian bridge adopts a steel truss structure, responding to the flow of water during floodings. The gallery on the upper level bridge is constructed with concrete, in order to ensure the safety of the art works.