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Rocco Design Architects Associates completes iADC Design Museum

Project name:
iADC Design Museum
Architecture firm:
Rocco Design Architects Associates
Shapu, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China 深圳市寶安區沙浦工業區
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Principal architect:
Rocco S K Yim
Design team:
Rocco Yim, Derrick Tsang, William Tam, Alex Tang, William Lee, Yang Shi Pei, Thomas Cheng, Hoey Yip, Caitlin Xie, Cai Jing Hua, Huang Zhan Ling, Leo Zhou, Xian Huansheng, Karen Lam
Built area:
12,900 m²
Site area:
18,000 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Structural engineer:
Hua Yi Design Consultants Ltd.
Environmental & MEP:
Hua Yi Design Consultants Ltd.
China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Ltd.
Shenzhen Manjinghua Investment Group
Cultural, Museum

Rocco Design Architects Associates completed the iADC Design Museum in Shapu, Shenzhen. The building creates an iconic presence and visual focal point in the area while emphasizing a sense of openness through a series of facade folds. 

Architect's statement: The Art & Design Museum, situated at the heart of Shapu Art Town in Shenzhen's Bao'an District, is designed as a cultural hub and landmark for a new neighborhood built on a previously undeveloped plot of land. The Museum anchors Art Town—a group of recently built spaces for the arts—linking the cluster of studios, galleries, art schools, and exhibition spaces into a unified cultural district.

By introducing a vibrant mix of uses and fostering community, the Museum and Art Town generate the rich sense of place that typically arises as neighborhoods develop over time. Together, they define the district—which had no history or sense of identity—as a major destination for the arts.

museum with white facade image © Arch-Exist 

To create a core for the previously disjointed area, the design introduces a network of public gathering places and walkways that organize the surroundings into a cohesive neighborhood centered on the Museum. Lifting the galleries off the ground and suspending them in a floating volume, the design opens up a public plaza that spans the site's length. Punctuated by sunken courtyards connected to the Museum's basement, the plaza creates a new neighborhood center that links Art Town Main Street with the rest of the district and offers a lively gathering place.

white facade building at night image © Arch-Exist 

The design of the Museum building creates an iconic presence and visual focal point in the area while emphasizing a sense of openness. The facade is articulated by a series of folds, peeling away from the structure as it nears the ground to reveal the public plaza and creating moments of transparency that afford glimpses of the art inside. The facades fold away from the corner of the building, opening an entrance that ushers visitors towards the grand stairway up to the galleries.

street view image © Arch-Exist 

Inside, the Museum is split into two wings—one displaying Chinese art, the other exhibitions of contemporary design—that interlock around a central staircase. Ascending through the Museum, the folding facades open up views over Art Town, enhancing the sense of connection between the Museum and the surrounding district.

museum facade image © Arch-Exist 

contemporary building design image © Arch-Exist 

facade with inclined walls image © Arch-Exist 

street view of the building image © Arch-Exist 

inclined white ceiling image © Arch-Exist 

hanged furniture on the ceiling image © Arch-Exist 

inclined white wall image © Arch-Exist 

human figures on the staircase image © Arch-Exist 

staircase steps image © Arch-Exist 

auditorium hall chairs with violet color image © Arch-Exist 

big hall image © Arch-Exist 

public stairs image © Arch-Exist 

corridor image © Arch-Exist 

inclined walls image © Arch-Exist 

museum facade image © Arch-Exist 

building facade image © Arch-Exist 

building at the corner of the lot image © Arch-Exist 

man standing at the entrance of museum image © Arch-Exist 

white ceiling image © Arch-Exist 

Museum concept diagram Diagram 

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

First Floor Plan First Floor Plan 

Second Floor Plan Second Floor Plan 

Third Floor Plan Third Floor Plan 

Fourth Floor Plan Fourth Floor Plan 

Site Plan Site Plan 

architectural model with black background Model 

maquette Model 

3d model of the building Model 

Connects with Rocco Design Architects Associates 

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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