We go with the flow

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dutch photographer iwan baan has documented the recently completed and opened 'ordos museum' in ordos, china by<br />beijing-based practice MAD architects. situated at the create of a dune-like hill, the building appears to have landed<br />from another world into the recently created urban center within the once gobi desert. the masterplan is mindful of the existing<br />cultural traditions of the area while addressing the progress and future of the city, allowing the community to congregate and lounge<br />within the surrounding plazas. surfaced with metal panels, the undulating exterior protects the interior from the region's harsh winters<br />and sand storms.<br />upon entering the museum, an atrium with characteristics of a cave and canyon become apparent, introducing swaths of daylight<br />from above along with shadowed passages leading towards galleries. a series of bridges traverse the chasm from one void to another<br />guided by the changes in illumination. residents of the area may circulate through the interior to efficiently cross from one side of<br />the site to the other without entering exhibitions. employees of the center are provided a natural work environment with office and research spaces which flank a south-facing internal garden.ordos art museum china organic architecture modern contemporary art museum start architect facade curvy panels systems flow curves curvy architectural photography icon sight visit travel

Ordos Art Museum, China by MAD architects / photographs by Iwan Baan

We feel a bit small

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Architect Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre, photographed by Luke Hayes

Roofs

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Roof of the Velodrom, Berlin organic architecture

A couple of photographs from a recent visit to Berlin.

One, the ‘House of World Cultures’, the other showing

the roof of the ‘Velodrom’.

We can’t wait to go back in summer. :)