Pictures: Museum complex that dwarfs the Louvre

The Chinese city of Changzhou will build a cultural centre that is six times the size of Paris’ enormous Louvre museum.

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First prize was recently awarded to German architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) following an international competition.

With a total floor area of 365,000m2, the building will include an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library.

By comparison, Paris’ Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, covers an area of 60,600m2.

The design of Changzhou’s centre is said to reflect elements of southern Chinese culture and the city’s prominent water features.

Building modules – which cantilever in large bridge-like arches – consist of six 45m-high pavilions.

The space between the art gallery and the science and technology museum forms a public plaza with  water features and generous landscaping.

Staggered grey slate creates a solid external facade contrasted by a bright interior with white elements and glass skin.

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