5/09/2011

MVRDV selected to design the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM)

MVRDV is selected to design the China Comic and Animation Museum located in Hangzhou, China.
This will be building which looks like a volume made out of an aggregation of 8 speech balloons. This complex measures a total of 32,000 square meters. It will be accompanied with a series of parks on islands, a public plaza and a 13,000-square meter expo center.
China Comic and Animation Museum, Hangzhou, China © MVRDV Team

The goal will be to create a platform that will unite the worlds of art and entertainment.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Aerial view of the building © MVRDV Team

MVRDV will use one of the cartoons prime characteristics — the speech balloon — to shape this building so that it will become a landmark for the city and be recognized as place for cartoons, comics and animations.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Interior Spaces © MVRDV Team

The CCAM will be equipped with ground storage, natural ventilation and adiabatic cooling. The structural concept will be directed by Arup Engineers.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Interior Spaces © MVRDV Team

It will consist of enhancing the sustainable profile of the building, the agency says.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Rendering © MVRDV Team

Precisely, the aerodynamic design will be the result of even wind pressure and lower need for air-conditioning. The aggregation of bubbles will allow for different conditions for the inner spaces and is announced to improve the energy efficiency.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Interior Spaces © MVRDV Team

Inner circulation will be influenced by the shape of the complex forming a circle as the diagram shows above.
Diagram © MVRDV Team
> This diagram shows the circulation inside this curved building is influenced by the shape
of the aggregation of the 8 balloon-type volumes.


A cartoon relief designed by Amsterdam based graphic designers JongeMeesters will cover the exterior monochrome white concrete walls. It refers to a Chinese vase. Another aspect of the façade will be to allow for texts being projected thereon.
China Comic and Animation Museum — Interior Spaces © MVRDV Team

The museum will contain the lobby, education, three theaters/cinemas with a total of 1111 seats and a comic book library. These programs will occupy their own balloon.
China Comic and Animation Museum — lobby © MVRDV Team


These exhibition spaces are flexible to house versatile exhibitions. The Dutch exhibition architects Kossman.deJong will take in charge the design of the exhibition spaces.
Interior Spaces — Theater © MVRDV Team
MVRDV will collaborate with Kossmann.deJong exhibition architects, Arup Engineers, local architect Zhubo Architectural and Engineering Design and JongeMeesters graphic design.
Construction start is expected by 2012 with a total budget of 92 million Euro.
Interior Spaces — Tour Education Zone © MVRDV Team


Source: MVRDV. Images originally appeared on archdaily.

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