U News | National Maritime Museum of China wins Future Project of the Year 2013
Urbantect, as for COX China Affiliate, assisted the COX group in winning an international competition for the National Maritime Museum project and participated in the whole design process. The Future Project of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival 2013 has been given to a museum for China's maritime heritage, proposed in Tianjin. Brisbane studio Cox Rayner Architects' waterside scheme consists of five halls that radiate out to the harbor, which will each contain different exhibitions.
The National Maritime Museum of China will sit in front of a large plaza for outdoor events, marked by an observation tower also acting as the museum's energy plant. Completion is due in 2015.
"The project demonstrates a strong conceptual clarity," the WAF judges said. "In its response to the sea, the design evokes a strong sense of the maritime experience. It brings together vast collections of elements of China's rich maritime history and offers visitor references to global maritime cultures. The jury looks forward to a realization that maintains the integrity of the original idea."