Anchoring the ring of new civic buildings bordering between the central park and Central Business District, the Chengdu Ink Painting Museum appears like a painting hovering above the undulating mounds of the central park. The museum contains an invaluable collection of 20th-century Chinese ink wash painting masterpieces, a revered art form practiced by scholar gentlemen and literati, and is elevated above a valley landscape reminiscent of the favored subject for many artists.
Looking closer, the valley which cuts across the axis of the residential and commercial headquarters of the Guanghui development is programmed with retail and public amenities, which become the base support of the two-story museum gallery wing that hovers above. The layered walls and partitions of the galleries and open circulation spaces are hidden behind multiple layers on the facade facing the Central Park, the bronze pattern reminiscent of the great ancient bronze civilizations of Chengdu. Within the natural landscape, the galleries face the central park reminiscent of Chengdu’s past while the East facade projects toward the glass and steel towers of the Central Business District, the new future of Chengdu.