ART ECO, CHONGMING ISLAND, CHINA
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Architecture has always been the result of the delicate balance between art and science & form and function. This thesis project simply embraces this belief by creating a museum and its distinctive form collectively with its sustainable design and environmentally conscious program and operation. Art Eco Museum is an element of prospective sustainable city development on Chongming Island in China. The Museum site is located near Shanghai metropolitan area at the Yangtze River outlet by the East Sea. The Island is an escape from the urban dynamic lifestyle of one of the world's most populated city - Shanghai. Chongming Island is a sanctuary that has 1200 square kilometers of undeveloped land with wildlife, wetlands, agriculture and forest preserves. The Art Eco Museum and its site, designed with a consideration of existing environment and Asian culture, becomes an innovative local and global approach and a model for future energy efficient projects while showcasing Chinese and international art. The museum program creates a culture of sustainability, employing all potential sustainable features to minimize energy use and utilize natural resources in its design and operation. The proposed project is not only a sustainable solution for the museum design but is also an example of the architecture which expression emerges from nature in its symbolic implication, form and function. The use of its organic architectural form insinuates the symbolic object of China - bamboo, and its economic and cultural significance. Bamboo, as a symbol of long life in China, became an inspiration for the project design, with its form and meaning. The Art Eco Museum floor plan layout was arranged according to Bamboo Chinese painting composition. Focusing on design that have lead to positive approaches towards a sustainable future, the exhibition at Art Eco Museum takes a step towards making these ideas a reality for consumers and designers in the current ethical and environmental awareness. The idea of sustainability combines the intelligent use of renewable resources with forward-thinking solutions. Most importantly, museum exhibitions place emphasis on the involvement of the consumer, giving them the tools and the knowledge necessary to understand the general concept of sustainability and its application to everyday life. The Art Eco Museum project is an example of aesthetically beautiful art form which serves functional purpose of science to remodel the world and peoples lifestyle to make it more perfect for human habitation.